Trump was referring to a memo prepared by Rod Rosenstein - and signed off on by Attorney General Jeff Sessions - that called for axing Comey because he, during the 2016 campaign, went around the department's chain of command.
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to oversee his response to investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in a Friday tweet.
In the backlash following Comey's dismissal, Rosenstein hired Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe as special counsel. Comey later revealed that he orchestrated a disclosure of details about conversations with Trump to prompt the appointment of a special counsel. In separate closed-door meetings with the House and the Senate, Rosenstein said his memo was "not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination".
Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them.
In between tweets about typical presidential fare - jobs, the Army, the state of Wisconsin - President Donald Trump has been ranting in 140-character spurts about the Russian Federation investigation and his former opponent Hillary Clinton.
Trump has described these reports as "fake news" and the investigations as a "witch hunt".
The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.
Every couple of weeks since Donald Trump became president, the scandals, the mini and the major, besetting his administration reach a point where people start talking about the ascendance of Vice President Mike Pence to the highest office in the land.
On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement, "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".
Both the Post and the Times cited unnamed sources in their reporting.
Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump's presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to "several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russian Federation interests to influence the 2016 election", according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.
They are looking at whether Trump campaign associates may have been unwitting agents on Russia's behalf, as well as Russia's actions absent any assistance from American political actors.
The president has long vehemently denied any collusion with Moscow. Painter was President George W. Bush's chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007.
Trump kept up his criticism of the investigations in a series of tweets on Friday.
Not for the first time, Trump gives a false impression of what's really going on.
Since his appointment on May 17, Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has recruited a high-powered team of lawyers, investigators and prosecutors with deep expertise in areas ranging from financial fraud to constitutional law. If Trump fired Rosenstein, Brand might resign because she and Rosenstein were nominated together, have a close working relationship and went through their confirmation hearings as a team.
President Trump could have taken to social media Friday morning to celebrate the two-year anniversary of his presidential campaign announcement and unlikely political rise that followed.