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Spicer will answer questions regarding the most recent news coming from the Trump administration. James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said the Founding Fathers created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding". "I think he'll do that".

When asked, "Internally, from the president?"

Just weeks ago, McFarland, who has since been forced out of the White House and will reportedly be named the US ambassador to Singapore, gave Trump a printout of a fake Time magazine cover from the 1970s that warned of an imminent ice age - a hoax image widely circulated on Internet message boards - along with a Time magazine cover from 2008 about global warming, Politico reported. "He can hire and fire whoever he wants", she said.

The White House continues to refuse to address questions raised by a tweet from President Trump last week implying he has a taping system in the Oval Office.

Among the group are the current acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, veteran Republican Senator John Cornyn, New York judge Michael Garcia, former Justice Department official Alice Fisher, former presidential adviser Fran Townsend, Republican former congressman Mike Rogers, and Trey Gowdy, who led a congressional panel that probed the attacks on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration, ex-FBI agent and former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told NBC's "Meet the Press".

"I have no evidence of collusion".

"It's in the interest of the American people, it's in the interest of Russian Federation and the rest of the world that we do something to see if we can not improve the relationship between the two greatest nuclear powers in the world", Tillerson said.

The nondenials have intensified calls by Democrats for an independent, nonpartisan special prosecutor to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.

Said Graham: "If there are any tapes, they have to be turned over". Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said his panel or another committee would "absolutely" subpoena such tapes.

"All I want is for Comey to be honest, and I hope he will be, and I'm sure he will be", Trump said.

The blowback against the firing of Comey angered the increasingly frustrated president, who made the decision after consulting only a small group of advisers, anxious the news would leak out.

Trump sparked a political firestorm when he abruptly fired Comey last week.

Spicer said four times on Friday that Trump had "nothing further to add on that". He was also set to welcome foreign leaders to the White House, with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday and President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on Thursday.

"I don't think it's inappropriate", Trump told Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, responding to a report by the New York Times that he asked former FBI Director James Comey in January to pledge loyalty to him.