Without Comey's testimony, it could be tough to determine what led to his dismissal - unless the tapes President Trump alluded to on Twitter materialize.
An individual familiar with Comey's thinking says the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director is not anxious about the possible existence of any tapes from his meeting with President Trump. "At worst, he has obstructed justice". "President Trump has fired the individual most central to all the investigations into any illicit involvement with the Russian government".
In an interview with Fox News Friday, Trump declined to comment on whether he has listening devices in the White House.
March 8, 2017: During a cybersecurity conference at Boston College, Comey says he plans to serve his entire 10-year term, quipping, "You're stuck with me for another 6 1/2 years". I won't talk about that.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! The Watergate scandal accelerated drastically when it was revealed Nixon taped conversations in the White House. Was he suggesting Comey had recordings?
Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn't under FBI investigation. The White House denies that account. Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, his first overseas trip as president. Details of the dinner were first reported by The New York Times.
On Thursday, the acting Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, calling their investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Donald Trump campaign "highly significant".
FBI officials have questioned Trump's claims, and the agency' acting director, Andrew McCabe, on Thursday said such assurances about the scope of an ongoing counterintelligence investigation would not be "standard practice".
Those people also describe him as deeply frustrated by what he views as unfair media coverage - irritation that emerged in a separate tweet in which he suggested he may shut down the regular press briefings at the White House.
Calling Trump's remarks about possible taped conversations "outrageous", Sen.
"I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important", Trump said.
Pearson reported from NY. In Florida, where the president frequently spends weekends, both parties must consent to recording. But we may have to wait for a while to get Comey's side of the story.
The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, also called on Comey to testify before his panel.
Senate rules requiring unanimous consent or 60-vote thresholds on various procedural or legislative steps give Democrats the ability to slow the Senate to a crawl and delay committee hearings.
The face-to-face meeting between the president and the director raised other concerns. The US presidential spokeswoman said the permission to let a Russian reporter make photos of the Trump-Lavrov meeting was not a violation of the protocol.
TASS has expressed surprise over the U.S. media's response and asked Russian and worldwide organizations of journalists to express their attitude to the affair.
But Burr also said Trump's recent tweet about Comey was "inappropriate".
That's far different from the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing.
The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus.
Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr said he doesn't think the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation was the reason for the firing.
January 22, 2017: Two days after taking office, Trump appears to single out Comey at a White House reception to thank law enforcement officers and others that helped during the inauguration. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general.