"I said, 'If it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said, 'You are not under investigation'".
A congressional source with knowledge of the matter said Comey told lawmakers within the past few days he had asked the Justice Department for additional resources - mainly more staffing - for the Russian Federation probe.
The White House says Comey's firing was motivated exclusively by concerns over his handling of the high-stakes probe into Hillary Clinton's emails.
When asked why he fired Comey, Trump said, "He wasn't doing a good job".
Mr. Rosenstein met with Mr. Trump on Monday, where they discussed Mr. Comey's job performance.
However, the revelation intensified the pressure on the White House from both political parties to explain the motives behind Mr Comey's stunning ouster.
The statement would seem to contradict statements by the White House that Comey was sacked in part because he lost the support of the rank-and-file at the bureau.
"The president made a presidential decision and removed him", Ryan said.
When the NBC anchor noted the White House's written claim about the recommendations from the Justice Department, Trump couldn't have been clearer about his intentions. Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Trump was outraged as he watched Comey's congressional testimony, becoming particularly incensed when Comey commented about being "mildly nauseous" at the thought that his disclosure of the Anthony Weiner laptop could have contributed to Trump's victory.
He added, "Comey lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike".
The chairman and top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee abruptly left the hearing Thursday to meet with Rosenstein, who is McCabe's boss.
"We will not be deterred from getting to the truth", Warner said.
We are one Democratic midterm election win away from impeachment of Trump becoming a reality. We are 36,500 people across this country, across this globe. He said there has been no interference so far. Schumer called on Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold closed and potentially classified briefings with all senators to question the top Justice Department officials, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein. "And the few times he has done sit-down interviews.many if not most have reduced clarity".
The president informed Comey of his dismissal in a hand-delivered letter in which he reportedly wrote to Comey "you are not able to effectively lead the bureau".
"We had a very nice dinner at the White House very early on". Former FBI agents said such a statement by the director would be all but unthinkable.
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on CNN's "New Day" Wednesday that he has a "great deal of faith" in Rosenstein, but didn't exactly offer a full-fledged reaffirmation of his previous claim that Comey made an "error in judgment". On NBC's Today, Sanders said she would defer to the president himself for any additional details.
That now seems like a tactic executed to downplay the news of Comey's dismissal and sidestep the questions raised by a president's sudden firing of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director after he came forward to ask for more resources to investigate the Russian ties.
The White House rejected the idea.
Trump claimed that he never tried to pressure Comey to chill with the Russian Federation investigation, noting that he wants "to find out if there was a problem in the election having to do with Russian Federation".
Trump's interview was released on the same day the interim head of the FBI told the US Congress that Comey's sacking would not derail the Russian Federation investigation. Lavrov said. "You're kidding!".
"He regretted what he did to Hillary but not what he did to Trump", the former Trump adviser said of Comey.