"I think we delivered it by hand and by email and that was - and I get it, but you asked me a question and that's the answer", he said.
"Frankly, he'd been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, a sharply different explanation from the day before, when officials put the emphasis on new Justice complaints about Comey.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives for a news conference at the US Capitol following the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey by President Donald Trump May 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House has insisted that Trump spent the past few months considering firing Comey, and the timing has nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation, but people with knowledge of the matter have told several news outlets that Trump had grown "increasingly agitated" with Comey not squashing the investigation.
Comey gave explosive testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, offering broad themes of some of the FBI's work in the Trump-Russia investigation.
Mr Trump wrote in a letter to Mr Comey that he agreed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recommendation that "you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau".More news: Trump administration approves supply of heavy weaponry to YPG/PYD terrorists in Syria
That's around the time Comey was asking the Justice Department for more resources to pour into the Russian Federation investigation - an indication the questions will be continuing. "There must be an independent investigation that the American people can trust", Comstock said in a statement released shortly after midnight Tuesday.
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation. I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the committee.
Specifically, Trump was apparently dissatisfied with Comey dropping the investigation.
The other tack preferred by Trump's Republican defenders has been to claim that it was time for a "fresh start" or that, at the very least, Trump's decision won't impair the FBI's ability to properly function.
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"You know, FBI Director Comey did the right thing when he found new evidence", Sessions told anchor Maria Bartiromo.
"If Director Comey was sacked to stifle the FBI's Russian Federation investigation - and the timing of this action makes that a real possibility - that simply can't be allowed to happen", she stated.
"To a president obsessed with loyalty, Mr. Comey was a rogue operator who could not be trusted as the FBI investigated Russian ties to Mr. Trump's campaign", The Times reported. Comey's firing does not necessarily mean the FBI's investigation into Moscow's role in the 2016 election will be disrupted or end, legal experts told Reuters. At the time Comey said it was "a big counter-intelligence and criminal investigation", Feinstein said.
The president told reporters Wednesday that Comey's performance cost him his job. That didn't happen. And they surely calculated that the reaction from Republicans would be one of modulation if not quiet approbation. They note that Trump last October had publicly praised Comey for having the "guts" to raise new questions late in the campaign about Clinton's email situation.
Many Democrats also harshly criticized Comey at the time, questioning whether the move could potentially have a negative impact on the outcome of the election.More news: Messi, Suarez and Neymar combine to down Villarreal