Trump said Thursday that he fired Comey regardless of the recommendation. Not to mention Congress, which has its own investigations underway.
In the statement, the group pointed out that Trump may have entered risky territory with his actions, as "federal obstruction of justice statutes prohibit the interfering with an investigation for the goal of impeding its outcome". "Now it unfortunately looks like that the president may be willing to interfere with the FBI's investigation to keep the truth from coming out".
On Friday, Trump appeared to threaten Comey personally via Twitter. Trump calls Comey over to where he is standing in the Blue Room to offer a handshake and a partial hug, then comments that Comey has "become more famous than me".
Next, Trump said that "this thing with Russian Federation is a made-up story", nearly an explicit admission that Comey was sacked because Trump wanted an end to the FBI's investigation of Russia's interference in the U.
"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" he said. Or was it merely a button-pushing claim launched over frustration at news coverage of the controversy.
Two senior Democrats want Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to resign if he declines to install a special prosecutor to lead the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Comey has not explicitly denied the account.
On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a different version. "If the election were on October 27, I would have been your president", she tells a women's luncheon in NY.
Trump wrote to Comey that the dismissal was necessary to restore public trust and confidence. He also, like Nixon, has grown increasingly isolated in the White House, recently relying on only a small circle of family members and loyal advisers while livid about the West Wing's failing efforts to get ahead of the damaging Russian Federation story, according to several people close to Trump.
US President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel all future White House press conferences in a bid to prevent inaccurate statements.
"I've talked to the president", he said. Federal law and the law in NY state do not require both parties on a call to be aware that it was being recorded.
CNN reported Friday that Comey is "not worried" about Trump's suggestion that their conversations could have been recorded.
It's unclear why Comey turned down the offer to speak to the committee next week.
Former National Intelligence director James Clapper said Friday that Comey was uneasy about attending the dinner due to the "appearance of compromising the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which is a hallowed tenet in our system".
The swirling controversy has obliterated any momentum from the House passage of the Republican health-care bill last week and threatens to overshadow Trump's first global trip, beginning next week, in which the president will meet with leaders in both the Middle East and Europe.
On Thursday, Trump threw two days of official White House accounts into dispute by insisting he'd long planned to fire Comey, even before his Justice Department provided him with a reason, and suggesting he was thinking about the FBI's Russian Federation investigation when he made the decision.
These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely-disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton previous year.
In the initial version of the timeline, Trump acted on Rosenstein's advice after the memo was sent this week. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rosenstein has said he'd support an independent investigation into potential Trump-Russia collusion.
November 12, 2016: During a telephone call with top campaign donors, Clinton blames Comey for her defeat by Trump.
At least five candidates - Texas Sen.
Others reportedly under consideration include South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.