President Trump: James Comey Was a 'Showboat' and 'Grandstander'

"I was going to fire Comey", Trump said. But he said he had no regrets and would make the same decision again. Asked to clarify whether there were any tapes as Trump suggested, Spicer said he had nothing further to add to the President's tweets. "I believe it would be very unfair to hear from somebody who we don't even know and immediately run out and fire a general".

"The FBI has been in turmoil. It hasn't recovered from that".

US intelligence agencies concluded in a January report that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to disrupt the election that included hacking into Democratic Party emails and leaking them, with the aim of helping Republican Trump. "I said, 'If it's possible, will you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said, 'You are not under investigation'".

"He said: 'You are not under investigation'".

"Frankly, he'd been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected", Huckabee Sanders said, a sharply different explanation from the day before, when officials put the emphasis on new Justice complaints about Comey.

McCabe, who was Comey's deputy, is expected to be replaced by a candidate now being vetted by the head of the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and other White House appointees.

President Trump is sticking to his comments that it may be a good idea to end daily White House press briefings.

A congressional source said on Wednesday Comey, days before being fired, told lawmakers he had sought more resources for the agency's Russian Federation probe. As a result, how and when Mr. Trump came to his decision to fire Mr. Comey have become central questions in the resulting uproar in Washington.

"I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard".

The White House said Mr Comey was sacked over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair, but Democrats have asked, if that is the case, why it took so long.

That is most certainly the case, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation will need a strong, non-partisan leader to steer the agency through these hard times and ensure that everyone is investigated to the fullest extent of the law - even the president.

The president fired Comey the following day.

President Trump is in the market for a new FBI Director. he's fired James Comey. But Comey did not need to do that.

He was made acting director Tuesday evening following the firing of director James Comey. "My decision", Mr Trump said. The investigation has shadowed Trump from the outset of his presidency, though he's denied any ties to Russian Federation or knowledge of campaign coordination with Moscow.

At the time, O'Donnell was replying to a tweet from CNN's Brian Fallon, who argued that unsealed court filings proved that Comey's election-eve letter to Congress regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation was "utterly unjustified". "And everybody seems to think that".

The White House said Trump is weighing options for replacing Comey, a decision that could have broad implications for the future of the Russian Federation investigation. Maybe I'll lengthen the time, because it should be over with, in my opinion it should have been over a long time ago because all it is is an excuse. Collins asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe if the FBI typically tells people that they are not a target of investigation. "He's the wrong man for the position". He appeared in place of former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked Tuesday by President Donald Trump.

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

Anonymous Comey associates have told USA media outlets that Comey never told Trump he was not being investigated.

McCabe later told the senators that he will not update the White House on the progress of the investigation.

NPR's Jessica Taylor contributed.