13 May, 2017
"He's a showboat, he's a grandstander", Trump said. "He's going into territory with obstruction of justice". And reports in the meantime do indicate there was more going on.
The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the two top officials at the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all", he wrote.
What's the difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? When Trump allegedly pressed Comey further, Comey pledged to provide "honest loyalty".
So did Mr Comey act correctly?
Trump told the Economist that he wants "massive" changes to NAFTA, and he again said the USA lumber arrangement with Canada is "terrible".
In this image provided by NBC News, President Donald Trump is interviewed by NBC's Lester Holt, Thursday, May 11, 2017. She said she had not asked Mr Trump that question directly before the previous day's briefing. They said it was a casual encounter but she was accused of a conflict of interest. He also dismissed their claims the investigation was a small matter. Mr Comey did that not once but twice. But with the news coming out of Washington changing seemingly by the hour, they took the opportunity Friday to again make their case for the local TV cameras.
What was Clinton FBI probe about?
Trump's statements raised even more questions about his decision to fire the FBI director who was running an investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russians seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Gonzales criticized Comey in the lead-up to the November 8 election after the former FBI chief informed lawmakers that the agency was looking at emails potentially related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.
On Thursday, Mr Trump appeared to contradict the initial version of events.
The White House has drawn criticism for the timing of Comey's firing, which occurred as the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible connections with the Trump campaign.
Mr Graham leads one of the congressional committees investigating Russia's interference in last year's election. They simply need to convince the White House to nominate someone well-qualified and then move on to cutting taxes.
"I actually asked him, yes". "He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said".
In an interview with NBC on Thursday, the president revealed that he had spoken with Comey multiple times about the Russian Federation investigation, including two phone calls and a dinner, before ultimately choosing to dismiss him. Krishnamoorthi serves on the House's oversight committee as well. He called the timing "deeply troubling". "The morale of the agency and how the more than 15,000 agents view themselves are based on how people view the director".
But could this have been a problem, rather than a compliment?
In firing Mr Comey, Mr Trump said he knew he ran the risk he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation.
Spicer also denied reports that Trump solicited a loyalty pledge from Comey during their dinner earlier this year.