Acting FBI chief McCabe says he'll report any interference in Russian Federation probe

Each time, McCabe refused to comment on any conversations Comey may have had with the President.

"Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does to this day", he told the panel.

The White House says Trump informed Comey he was terminated. based on "clear recommendations" of Dep. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Now, they claim, Trump was angry at Comey for precisely what he'd praised him for earlier.

In his letter firing Comey, Trump said the former FBI director had told him on three separate occasions that the investigation did not involve him.

Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation with ties to the White House. Thomas O'Connor, the president of the FBI Agents Association, called Comey's firing "a gut punch".

Some Democratic senators said they believed the reports to be true, although a Justice Department spokeswoman rejected them as "totally false".

Trump on Comey: "He's a showboat".

Donald Trump says he's not under investigation.

Testifying before a Senate panel last week, Mr Comey defended his highly controversial decision, which several polls found cost Clinton heavily among late-deciding voters.

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Huckabee Sanders, who's filling in this week for Sean Spicer, suggested Thursday morning that Trump would make a trip to the FBI's Washington, D.C. headquarters. Trump considered firing Comey as early as last weekend, according to The Washington Post, because Comey's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation was accelerating and Comey continued to make public statements on the Russian Federation investigation. "He said, 'You are not under investigation'".

March 20, 2017 - Comey confirms in a House Intelligence hearing that the FBI is investigating alleged links between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

"The FBI has been in turmoil", Mr Trump claimed.

"I've heard from a large number of individuals that work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation that said that they were very happy with the president's decision", she said, insisting, "Our story is consistent".

Asked if the unceremonious sacking had had an effect on his meetings with senior Russian diplomats today, Trump said: "Not at all".

"Sir, I'm not going to comment". "Rosie O'Donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her", he said.

Trump shrugged off the political firestorm he created with Comey's dismissal as he met with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office on Wednesday.

President Trump defended his actions on Wednesday, saying Mr Comey was sacked "because he was not doing a good job".

He also said he would refrain from discussing the investigation with the White House, pledged to report to the committee any efforts to interfere in it and said the dismissal of the director would do nothing to impede the probe.

The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee also said he saw no need for a special prosecutor.