- Russia probe - In March, Comey revealed that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election and notably Moscow's possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC on CNN's "New Day": "I think Director Comey is a fine man, but Democrats called for his removal about two to three, four weeks ago and now he's gone and we get a chance to pick on a new director that hopefully we can all agree is above reproach".
"Frankly, he'd been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
But on Tuesday, Mr Trump followed the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a letter saying he could not defend the director's handling of the investigation into Secretary Clinton.
Fired FBI Director James Comey was getting so close to uncovering ties between Donald Trump and Russian Federation at the time he was canned by the president.
The White House insisted that Trump's meetings Wednesday had been long-planned and nothing further should be read into them, including that they were an attempt to poke a finger in the eyes of Democrats animated over the Russian Federation investigation and Comey's firing. The decision on whether to prosecute rests with the attorney general, Rosenstein said.
Most interestingly, Comey had apparently just asked the Justice Department for more money for his investigation just days before he was sacked. Comey said that "in times of turbulence, the American people should see the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence".
Specifically, Trump was apparently dissatisfied with Comey dropping the investigation.
"If he wanted to fire him, it would seem appropriate to fire him at the beginning of his presidency", said Meeks (D-Queens), whose district includes parts of Nassau County.
Comstock previously said she supported investigations by the House and Senate intelligence committees, but did not endorse the creation of an independent commission with subpoena power.
The Trump White House sent out an official timeline of the Comey firing Wednesday evening, to clarify the timeline of the President's decision.
Trump defended his firing of Comey on Wednesday, asserting in a flurry of tweets that both Democrats and Republicans "will be thanking me". The Washington Post reports he was so upset that Trump made him out to be the prime culprit in the decision to fire Comey that he threatened to resign! Sanders added that Trump would meet with the acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe, later on Wednesday to discuss morale at the bureau.
Days before he was sacked, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau's investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election, according to three officials with knowledge of his request.
As recently as last week, the White House had said Comey had Trump's confidence. Starting at least three weeks ago, Comey started receiving daily, rather than weekly, updates on the investigation.
This episode provides a distraction from the domestic work at hand, the hard task of sculpting a tax overhaul that meets the guidelines Mr. Trump outlined late last month and that conforms to the conflicting priorities of Republican conservatives and Democratic liberals.
The Senate's minority leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer, said Rosenstein should appoint a special prosecutor, and he also called on McConnell to hold closed and potentially classified briefings with all USA senators to question the top Justice Department officials, Sessions and Rosenstein.