The White House's explanation of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey has been a moving target.
The firing of FBI Director James Comey is unlikely to put even a dent in Donald Trump's support among his coalition of supporters. During the dinner, the president asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to pledge loyalty to him, the Times reported.
The White House faced especially intense introspection over Comey's firing since the FBI was investigating the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Update: Pressed on the matter at his daily briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to answer questions about Trump's tweet - including whether there are potential recording devices in the White House. "I don't know if there's evidence of collusion or not - nor should I have in this particular context", Clapper said.
Trump confidants say Bannon has been marginalized on major decisions, including Comey's firing, after clashing with Kushner. The man who took over as acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe, sidestepped a question during a Senate hearing on Thursday on whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump that the president was not the subject of investigation.
And the Russian Federation investigation was still on his mind.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted the information she and her colleagues offered was consistent.
Host Larry Mantle sat down with Politico's Elana Schor and John Wagner, Washington Post White House Correspondent, to help unpack the latest development in Comey's dismissal. And thus no public official, high or petty, can simply fire those our system trusts to investigate and remedy that official's possible bribery, treason, or other disloyalty to the nation. "You know that, I know that, everybody knows that".
Mr Trump said this week he alone was responsible for the decision to sack Mr Comey, calling him a "showboat" and "grandstander". Everyone knows, as Kellyanne Conway has reminded us, that we need to decipher what is in our Dear Leader's heart.
In a freaky interview taped hours after he introduced the idea of scrapping the press briefing altogether, Trump said he was serious about the possibility to "just don't have them". "As we move forward, Agents continue to do our work with the same level of professionalism and commitment that the American people expect and deserve".
Meanwhile, Trump's threat of releasing "taped" conversations between himself and Comey is conjuring up further comparisons to former President Richard Nixon, the paranoid former president who taped his conversations.
All along, Trump's spokesmen insisted that his decision was not shaped in any way by his growing fury with the Russian Federation controversy, including the FBI investigation overseen by Comey into Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election and whether there had been any coordination with Trump associates.