Democrats will also try to use a procedural maneuver to force a vote on legislation calling for an independent commission to investigate Russian election interference, although they're unlikely to prevail. The changing rationales the White House offered added an element of chaos to the president's action.
Trump's behavior raises "the specter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice", wrote Reps.
The White House had no immediate comment. All I want is for Comey to be honest.
Ironically it is the same Director who was accused only a few days ago by Mr Trump's democratic opponent, Mrs Hillary Clinton, of costing her the election by insisting publicly that the agency had not stopped looking into her controversial emails. Or was it merely a button-pushing claim launched over frustration at news coverage of the controversy. And at this point, FBI officials are confident that the investigation is moving ahead, despite Comey's abrupt firing earlier this week. Comey has not explicitly denied the account. His decision to fire the FBI Director probably emanates from his authoritarian political persona, which remains unwilling to submit easily to the constraints of constitutional authority.
On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a different version.
Rosenstein has told officials he was unhappy with the manner in which the Comey firing took place.
A description of the dinner and conversation was first reported Thursday night by The New York Times, although CNN had previously reported Comey's refusal to give Trump any assurance of personal loyalty.
The deputy attorney general also believes that there's nothing he has seen at this point that would require him to recuse himself from the role overseeing the probe led by Boente, the people familiar with his thinking say.
Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Relieved Pressure on Him
Apparently, the half-hug-handshake blunder was not the first time that Trump had acted in such a pointedly casual manner. However, a special counsel has less autonomy than a special prosecutor, a role phased out in 1999.
Real Madrid wins its 1st Spanish title since 2012
Basking in Real's first league title since 2012, Ronaldo wasted no time in sitting down his critics in brutal fashion. Celtic's Efe Ambrose performs an acrobatic jump as they celebrate winning the Scottish Premiership League.
Mexico Will Not Accept Tariffs, Quotas in Renegotiated NAFTA
The original NAFTA, enacted in 1994, essentially dropped all tariffs between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to zero. But he tweeted on April 27: "If we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA".
Trump was widely known to record some phone conversations at his office in Trump Tower during his business career, sometimes remarking to aides after a call as to whether or not he had taped it.
As CNN reported, Comey's refusal to pledge loyalty is one of the reasons the President fired him, the other being the acceleration of the probe into alleged collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording.
McCabe assumed the position of acting director on Tuesday by statute after Trump dramatically fired Comey.
The face-to-face meeting between the president and the director raised other concerns.
"When (former director of national intelligence) James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?" Trump said in an interview with NBC that the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey. "You know, it depends on how you define loyalty, No. 1; No. 2, I don't know how it got out there because I didn't ask that question". Trump said Friday in a furious tweetstorm.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said selecting an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to lead the agency would allow the nation to "reset". But he called Trump's tweet "inappropriate". They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.
Cornyn, the Senate majority whip, is the second-highest ranking Republican in the chamber, meaning his possible appointment would trigger political moves both there and in his home state of Texas.