Won't dwell on sacking, will be fine: FBI's Comey in farewell letter

He had made up his mind about firing Comey as long ago as last weekend, according to a report by The Washington Post, and was angry that Comey was continuing to aggressively pursue an investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with the Russian government.

Stipanovich complained that the current administration is "the gang that can't shoot straight", a problem he attributed to a combination of Trump's impulsiveness and his belief that White House aides are "too deferential to the boss". Republican leaders brushed off the idea as unnecessary.

Reaction from Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials ranged from "raw anger" to fear, according to The Washington Post. Trump, having been criticized by opponents as "Nixonian", chose to meet with that former president's secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, in the Oval Office.

Before Comey was sacked, he reportedly had asked Rosenstein for additional funding for the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election last week. The White House refused Wednesday to provide any evidence or greater detail.

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said in a statement, "Whether or not you are a supporter of Mr. James Comey's actions as FBI Director, the timing of his firing - in the middle of an investigation into Russia's interference in our election - is serious cause for concern".

"Any investigation taking place on Monday is still taking place today", Sanders said.

Comey told the committee that his agency had "no information" to back Trump's allegations. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with the support of the White House, brushed aside those calls, saying a new investigation would only "impede the current work being done". This week it was confirmed that US officials issued grand jury subpoenas seeking business records of associates of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey informed lawmakers of that request after the Senate Intelligence Committee, conducting its own investigation, had asked the FBI to speed up its Russian Federation inquiry, the source said.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe will be sitting in James Comey's chair for the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on Thursday.

"He wasn't doing a good job", Trump said Wednesday in his first public comments about Comey's removal.

"It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election", Mr Comey said.

Or say you dismiss as twisted and far-fetched the official claim that Trump & Co. were motivated by Comey's handling of Clinton emails. Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the DOJ, described that reporting as "totally false". "And the reason for bringing both the attorney general and the deputy attorney general before the Senate is to see whether there's a connection between those building blocks".

The president fired Comey the following day. The Post relies on a single source - "a person close to the White House" for that rather sensational claim.

"We are certainly moving down that path", Gallego said.