Trump Says 'Fast Decision' Likely on FBI Comey Replacement

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway has indicated the president isn't particularly anxious about the appearance that Trump's decision to fire Comey was an attempt to remove a check on his power and quell the escalating investigation into his campaign.

McCabe contradicted Trump this week, telling lawmakers that Comey enjoyed widespread support among the FBI's rank and file, and that the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the election was a "highly significant investigation".

As for the ongoing search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Spicer said the process is running as it should, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leading the way. "I'm surprised - and I've known him for a long time". Trump is traveling to Lynchburg, Va., to give the commence ad. Trump said in a string of Twitter posts on Friday.

Senators have many questions for Rosenstein, and his responses may help determine how the still-developing controversy plays out.

"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", Warner said, adding that he hopes to have Comey testify in a public hearing before his committee.

Reps. John Conyers and Elijah Cummings also said 'Congress should immediately seek the testimony of Director Comey'. Even when aides moved ahead on an executive order creating a voter fraud commission - a presidential pet project that some advisers thought they had successfully shelved - Trump signed the directive in private.

The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration.

"If you assume that, this strikes me as a lousy way to do it", he said. "I think it's a good idea".

Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.

Democrats also expressed outrage at Trump trying to play it coy with the existence of tapes. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

The White House initially said Trump was compelled to fire Comey by a critical memo from the deputy attorney general on the director's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email.

One source close to Trump said that while they didn't know whether Trump was recording White House conversations, they also wouldn't be surprised if he was. "It's inappropriate", Conway said during an appearance on CNN on Wednesday. Instead, Trump's worst instincts were enabled by everyone around him. He said, 'This guy is not going to be able to work out long-term for us.

Trump's comments came ahead of an address to students at Liberty University.

"He may not have meant to commit anything like obstruction, or any other crime, but has instead blundered into this position because he does not recognize or respect norms and does not appreciate legal process or institutional boundaries", Bob Bauer, White House counsel to Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, wrote in a Lawfare blog post.