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On Capitol Hill, at least half a dozen Republicans broke with their leadership to express concern or dismay about the firing of Mr Comey, who was four years into a decade-long appointment as the Federal Bureau of Investigation's director.

People close to the White House say that Pence knew the president was thinking about firing Comey before he met with Rosenstein on Monday. "Personally", the President told NBC News on Thursday.

Mr. President, if there are "tapes" relevant to the Comey firing, it's because you made them and they should be provided to Congress.

The series of tweets come as the White House scrambles to deny that it intentionally misled Americans over the series of events that led to Comey's termination on Tuesday.

Graham said he was "1,000 percent" sure that Russian Federation had attempted to interfere with the election and he wanted Moscow to be "punished".

We've got more newsletters we think you'll find interesting. And they further call into question the democratic legitimacy of his decision to terminate the man in charge of an investigation into whether his campaign associates colluded with Russian meddling in the presidential election.

That explains why Trump demanded Comey's loyalty.

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Trump argued on Twitter Friday that it's unreasonable to expect "perfect accuracy" from his White House press office because he's "a very active president with lots of things happening".

"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

When asked whether he could announce a nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Middle East and Europe on his first trip overseas as president, Trump responded, "Even that is possible". "These actions will do nothing to undermine our resolve to follow the evidence where ever it leads", Warner added, although he said he was not happy with the pace of the committee's probe. He's such a devout Christian-can someone please ask him what the Bible has to say about lying?

The FBI probe into the possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign is still ongoing.

The White House disputed the account.

"I was going to fire Comey, my decision", he explained, when asked about a meeting with Rosenstein that took place Monday night.

Nick Ackerman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY and an assistant Watergate prosecutor, told MSNBC that the situation reminds him of Watergate and makes him wonder if Trump recorded Comey or if the president is trying to intimidate him by implying he has a tape.