The Office of Government Ethics tweeted on Friday a reference to "loyalty to the Constitution" following reports that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey for his loyalty.
These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely-disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton past year.
That seems to be reacting to a New York Times story that at that dinner Trump repeatedly asked Comey to pledge his loyalty and Comey demurred, an account that's markedly different from Trump's own comments in a Thursday interview that Comey had told him he wasn't under FBI investigation.
Some have said Comey expressed major concerns about Trump, reportedly telling friends the president is "crazy".
Trump also appeared to be unhappy with press reports about shifting White House explanations of Comey's firing.
Trump has also strongly refuted the allegations that there was any collusion between him or his campaign with the Russians.
And in fact, when I made a decision 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.
"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" he added.
Mr Spicer said the president was a "little dismayed" that the attempts of his press team to give out information were being turned into a "game of gotcha" by the media.
"This is not going to end well for this administration", the former official said.
Back in January, when Sean Spicer debuted in his role as White House press secretary, I gave him a total of three weeks on the job before President Trump fired him.
Trump, who has been on the defensive on Twitter and elsewhere since news of Comey's ouster created a firestorm, let loose even more than usual in a series of tweets on Friday morning.
In other developments, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Tuesday wrote the letter that provided the basis for the Justice Department recommendation to fire Mr. Comey, agreed Friday to provide a briefing to the entire U.S. Senate.
Trump told NBC News that Comey is "a showboat, he's a grandstander". Asked to clarify whether there were any tapes as Trump suggested, Spicer said he had nothing further to add to the President's tweets.
Trump's interview was released on the same day the interim head of the FBI told the US Congress that Comey's sacking would not derail the Russian Federation investigation. Eisen said Comey was a witness to "Trump's possible obstruction by demanding loyalty". "I think sometimes we don't have an opportunity to get into see him and get his full thinking".
Two close associates of Comey told the New York Times on Thursday that during a January 27 dinner, Trump had pressed Comey to pledge his loyalty.