They are acting FBI Director James McCabe, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a former assistant attorney general Alice Fisher and Judge Michael J Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals.
Later, the president said he had been considering firing Comey for a while, and Rosenstein's recommendation sealed the deal. "He can hire and fire whoever he wants", she said.
Schiff added that the next FBI director to lead the investigation will need to have "absolute integrity and independence" noting it should be someone "non-political".
Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks into the White House Saturday. Still, Priebus was among the tight circle of staffers Trump consulted about Comey's firing.
Sessions forwarded Rosenstein's memo to Trump and recommended that he remove Comey from his role. Instead deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the rounds on morning news programs and conducted daily news briefings. Immediately, this was widely deemed an inelegantly cloaked guise to remove Comey from overseeing an official probe into suspected collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's election campaign.
"That's, frankly, offensive", Mr Spicer said. 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". "That was a DOJ decision". "The Republicans will take anything he says which seems to exonerate Trump-they'll distort it and leak it".
Before the presidential election in November, Mr Comey implied that that there was no case to answer as far as Hilary Clinton was concerned, after the FBI investigation over a private server maintained by Mrs Clinton, apart from being naïve to do so - much to the dismay of the Republicans.
"No. ... The final decision to move forward with it was yesterday. Number two, I don't know how that got there, because I didn't ask that question".
Why it matters: We've seen what happens when Trump decides to go it alone - his narrative challenges everything the WH had said about the matter, particularly with his reasoning for firing Comey, and it looks as if Trump is going rogue or, as David Axelrod put it, his staff members are either liars or fools completely left in the dark.
President Donald Trump issued a series of tweets on Friday following the backlash over Comey's firing.
"The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey". They called the president's tweet a clear attempt at intimidation.
"The next day, Tuesday May 9, the Deputy Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the Attorney General and the Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the President". In the USA, the episode has brought comparisons with the dismissal of top justice department officials by former President Richard M. Nixon in October 1973 in order to scuttle the processes that eventually blew up as the Watergate scandal, which led to moves to impeach Mr Nixon and his eventual resignation. He added that the Russian Federation investigation had been a factor in his decision.
When asked in a Fox News interview Friday whether there might be tape recordings of Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump said, "That I can't talk about". "And then all of a sudden, they come out with these glowing reports".
Mr Comey promised only that he could be honest, The New York Times reported.
"Remember this: Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy", Mr Trump said.
"First of all, you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair", Trump said in the interview that aired Saturday.
Finally, and most obviously, Trump had a very big motive to fire Comey and install a loyalist. Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.
"I know they work for the president, I know they're supposed to be loyal, but they don't have to say things if they know that they're deliberately false".
Comey's demand for a public hearing is one of the top reasons why it was foolish for Trump to personally attack and smear James Comey.
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