Trump Doubles Down on Suggestion to Cancel WH Press Briefings

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Sean Spicer is not working today - at least not as press secretary - due to his apparently prescheduled Navy Reserve commitments, which means that what could have been one of his most brutal press briefings will fall to his deputy.

A Morning Consult/POLITICO survey from late December found that 73 percent of registered voters thought those daily press briefings were necessary, compared with 22 percent who disagreed.

While most voters said the briefings were necessary, they weren't entirely opposed to change in frequency or structure. Trump told NBC News Thursday that Comey assured Trump twice during a dinner and again by telephone that he isn't under investigation.

Democrats who are urging the naming of a special counsel argue this would be the best way to take politics out of the probe.

"On Monday, the President met with the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General and they discussed reasons for removing the Director", the White House said.

Fox News host Chris Wallace voiced his discomfort with White House press secretary Sean Spicer's answer to a reporter's questions regarding President Donald Trump's "tape" tweet made on Friday.

Trump said he wanted the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling to be "absolutely done properly".

The president's comments came moments after he hosted Russia's Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office, a rare honor for a foreign minister and one that threw salt in the eyes of Trump's critics.

Mason said the WHCA "would object to any move that would threaten those constitutionally protected principles". And, according to CNN's source, the White House was blindsided, and didn't anticipate the photos would go public. Chimed in Tim Miller, who served as communications director for Jeb Bush's presidential campaign: "We might not necessarily have to have these briefings if the press secretaries are not going to know or not going to say what the truth is ..."

When asked to describe how he'd characterize the investigation, McCabe said, "We consider it to be a highly significant investigation". "And he made a decision based on that", Sanders said in an interview with MSNBC. "You know that, I know that". "Has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigation?" asked Sen.

Some in the agency resented the political spotlight Comey had brought on the bureau with his public statements at the center of the Russian Federation and Hillary Clinton email investigation firestorms.

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