Asked about Trump's tweet on Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to rule out the possibility that the president is recording private conversations. "'" Comey, according to a source, isn't anxious about the possible existence of any tapes.
During his testimony, McCabe contradicted the White House's assertion that the President "and the rest of the FBI" had lost confidence in Comey. "I won't talk about that", said Trump.
Although Trump had praised Comey during the election for pursuing the Clinton email investigation, the relationship quickly soured as news reports about the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the election trickled out.
Earlier on Friday, President Trump reiterated his view that reports about collusion with the Russian government by members of his 2016 campaign are "fabricated".
Beyond asking for any potential recordings, the Democrats also requested all documents and memos related to Trump's decision to can Comey, specifically because the president said yesterday that he had decided on his own to terminate the ex-FBI chief.
The Comey comments were part of a longer series of tweets sent out Friday morning as the president vented on social media, and included a suggestion that he could cancel all future White House press briefings.
Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL, who serves on the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn on Friday afternoon asking for copies of any tapes involving conversations with Comey that might exist, according to a report by NPR. Comey told associates the president pushed the director to pledge his loyalty to the president that night.
"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"
Trump maintains Comey told him that he was not under investigation, but McCabe suggested under questioning that was highly improbable. "I happen to have some lawyers that were unrelated lawyers and they were saying 'wow, [Clinton's] guilty here, guilty, guilty, guilty.' Then [Comey] gets to the end and he said she's free as a bird". That's at odds with with the account given by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who told reporters Trump fired Comey based on the report written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"Oh, I was gonna fire regardless of recommendation", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt.
On Capitol Hill, even Republican lawmakers have shifted in their seats, calling his dismissal of Comey "disturbing". Trump said there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians", and that "the Russians did not affect the vote".