White House officials initially said Trump acted on a Justice Department recommendation, but the president later said he would have fired Comey anyway, calling the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief a "showboat". Even when aides moved ahead on an executive order creating a voter fraud commission - a presidential pet project that some advisers thought they had successfully shelved - Trump signed the directive in private.
It also escalated a potentially damaging standoff between a fuming, undisciplined president and the unorthodox lawman he dismissed three days earlier. McCabe said that the FBI will not update the White House on the Russian Federation investigations and promised to tell Congress if the White House tries to interfere.
Trump's behavior raises "the specter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice", wrote Reps.
With Conway's extreme disloyalty made public, her time in the White House is nearly certainly running out.
"Well that I can't talk about". I'm not talking about anything else. And at that time, he told me: "'You are not under investigation'".
"I was going to fire him regardless of recommendations", said the president.
"This is a woman, by the way, who came on our show during the campaign and would shill for Trump in extensive fashion and then she would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off and she would say "blech I need to take a shower" because she disliked her candidate so much", said Brzezinski.
But the blowback from Comey's firing left the White House reeling once again. Was he suggesting Comey had recordings?
On Friday, a person close to the former director recounted a different version.
No White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows, leaving Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, to defend Trump.
Kelly was commissioner of the New York City Police Department for more than a decade, serving two mayors. They also commented only condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
So far 14 people have emerged as candidates. He later resigned after he said the global soccer organization had mischaracterized a lengthy investigative report he had produced.
It was not clear when Comey would speak for himself.
"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", Warner said, adding that he hopes to have Comey testify in a public hearing before his committee.
The face-to-face meeting between the president and the director raised other concerns.
McCabe assumed the position of acting director on Tuesday by statute after Trump dramatically fired Comey. When the opposite occurred, Trump grew incensed - both at Democrats and his own communications staff for not quickly lining up more Republicans to defend him on television.
Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI's probe, a charge the White House has denied.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of a judiciary subcommittee investigating Russian Federation, said that Comey should testify before his Senate panel about his discussions with Trump over Flynn, who resigned earlier this year.
Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump's question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and "would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situation". "This demands a serious, down-the-middle investigation", he said.
They are among almost a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former state attorney general.