Trump Says He Planned To Fire Comey Before Justice Department Recommendations

Comey's ouster Tuesday, while his FBI led an investigation into coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, raises the potential that a man long defined by his independent streak, willingness to buck protocol and even a flair for the dramatic could resurface to publicly rebut White House efforts to smear his reputation.

Democrats and some Republicans have expressed concern at the timing of the probe, noting the FBI's current investigation into alleged interference by the Russian government in the US presidential election.

Democrats lambasted him for it, and for his equally unorthodox move to alert Congress just before Election Day that the FBI was revisiting a once-closed investigation. "And we think that by removing Director Comey, we've taken steps to make that happen".

The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired Director James Comey on Tuesday.

Trump "is emulating some of the worst aspects of Richard Nixon and for those of us watching from the outside, we have to ask why", said Naftali.

Later, the president and his advisers said Trump had planned to fire Comey since taking office.

They all said it Trump made the decision only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his top deputy delivered memos to Trump calling for Comey's termination because he had circumvented Justice Department leadership twice past year in his handling of Hillary Clinton's personal email server use as secretary of state. He added, "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

ABC News reported that Mr Rosenstein was on the verge of resigning, upset that the White House had pinned him as the reason for the Comey firing.

The White House also changed its narrative about whether the president had made a decision to fire Comey based on the recommendations by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Democratic former presidential contender Bernie Sanders also highlighted the fact the decision came a day after former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate committee of the concerns she had over Mr Flynn's Russian Federation ties.

"I said: 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?'" Mr Trump told NBC.

Meanwhile, Trump, as part of a 7-tweet rant that started before 8:00 a.m. on Friday, also ripped the "fake" media and suggested that he might cancel the White House daily press briefings that have been a hallmark of presidential administrations since the Woodrow Wilson administration more than 100 years ago.

"I had a dinner with him". "We were in the depleted side, to put it mildly", he said, according to a White House pool report.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that firing the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was his "own decision", reversing a White House statement that the decision was based on recommendations from the Justice Department.

Asked about Trump's tweet on Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to rule out the possibility that the president is recording private conversations. Instead, he told others, he told Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense, according to The Times. "He said, you are not under investigation", Trump said.

But he later told NBC he was "going to fire him regardless of the recommendation".

Trump's dismissal of Comey raised suspicions it was an attempt to thwart the ongoing investigation.

The White House disputed the Times's reporting.

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