Lawmakers urge Trump to avoid picking a partisan for Federal Bureau of Investigation job

"This morning, the president tweeted a thinly veiled threat to Mr. Comey", Senator Durbin (D-Ill.) said, "which could be construed as threatening a witness in this investigation, which is another violation of federal law".

Since his tweet, neither Trump nor his press spokesman have commented on whether Trump has been recording his meetings as president.

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.

They are among almost a dozen candidates Trump is considering to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey.

The US President's relationship with the media has taken another unexpected turn as he threatened to cancel all press briefings after his administration faced criticism for how they spun FBI Director James Comey's firing.

Interviews with additional individuals are expected Sunday, if they can be arranged, a senior White House official said. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI's probe, a charge the White House has denied.

Meanwhile, the FBI Agents Association urged Trump to pick former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, saying his diverse background makes him the best choice for the job.

"The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said numerous times in answer to rapid-fire questions.

The series of events has come following the accusation of the involvement of Russian authorities in USA presidential elections 2016, leading to Trump's victory.

Trump added that it's "possible" he would hire a new director before he departs for his first foreign trip on Friday.

"And, in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said: 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won, '" he said. It initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus, only to have that version undercut by Trump himself.

Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr said he doesn't think the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation was the reason for the firing.

Biographer Gwenda Blair, speaking with RealClearPolitics, recalled that Trump "routinely pulled out his own tape recorder when being interviewed by reporters, including me". John Cornyn; and two judges, Michael Garcia and Henry Hudson.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to brief the full Senate next week on the firing of FBI Director James Comey, a spokesperson for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Friday.

Trump has waged a war on the press since his election, complaining inaccurate or fabricated stories have circulated about his first few months in the White House using his simple catchphrase "fake news".