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FBI Officials Dispute Trump Account of Meeting With Comey

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By    |   Friday, 12 May 2017 07:56 AM

One current and one former FBI official dispute Donald Trump's claim that James Comey asked to have dinner in an attempt to keep his job as director of the law enforcement agency shortly after the president was sworn in, NBC News reported.

Despite Trump's comments to the contrary, the sources said it was Trump who requested the dinner meeting, according to the network news.

"The president is not correct," the former official said. "The White House called him out of the blue. Comey didn't want to do it. He didn't even want the rank and file at the FBI to know about it."

But in the end, "He's still the commander in chief. He's your boss. How do you say no?"

Trump, in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt, said he believed Comey had asked for the dinner. He said Comey also asked him to stay on as FBI director. And Trump said Comey told him on three different occasions he was not under investigation in connection with the agency's probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

And contradicting Trump again, the former senior FBI official claimed Comey would never have told Trump he was not under investigation, NBC News reported.

"He tried to stay away from it (the Russian-ties investigation)," the former official told the network news. "He would say, 'Look sir, I really can't get into it, and you don't want me to.'"

CNN reported the controversy surrounding Comey's dismissal has left officials in the White House frustrated.

It noted the president's official schedule remained empty and even the normal photo-ops had been scrapped.

Meanwhile, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House deputy press secretary claimed she had heard from "countless members of the FBI who are grateful for the president's decision" to fire Comey.

But the former senior FBI official told NBC News: "I doubt five people at the FBI even have the (phone) number of the deputy White House press secretary."

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One current and one former FBI official dispute Donald Trump's claim that James Comey asked to have dinner in an attempt to keep his job as director of the law enforcement agency shortly after the president was sworn in, NBC News reported.
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