U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters it was her "understanding" Comey had been seeking more resources for his investigation into the tangled Russian Federation controversy.
The most delicate role in this dark tale is the one played by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.
As Justice Department leaders interviewed four candidates for the role of interim Federal Bureau of Investigation director, some were anxious about whom Trump would select as Comey's permanent replacement.
Minority leader Chuck Schumer said, "If deputy attorney general Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire director Comey was part of a cover-up".
What you have learned about that? And CNN anchor Jake Tapper cited a "source close to Comey" as saying he was dismissed because he would not pledge personal loyalty to Trump and because the Russian Federation probe was "accelerating".
It's possible that CNN's source got it wrong. "I know that some are obsessed with the word Russia, Russia, Russia". He waited almost a full 24 hours after Comey's firing to make a public statement on the issue, which he called "no small thing, and quite a serious matter".
Comey, in the letter, said that he would be fine and would not spend time thinking about the decision or the way it was executed, CNN reports.
Andrew Arena, a former special agent in charge, said current FBI employees he spoke with as news of Comey's ouster spread anxious about the future of the bureau.
Rosenstein's memo did not include a specific recommendation to remove Comey from office but does lay out the rationale that the Trump administration used to fire him.
He continued, "At this hour, one of two things is already and irretrievably underway: either the end of Trump, or the end of American democracy, because both can not continue, because simply - you can not fire the man who is investigating you".
"We don't think it's necessary", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
It is not clear whether McCabe will stay on as acting director. You know, there would be no reason for him to put the brakes on the Russian Federation investigation, you know, just because Jim Comey was sacked.
"I feel like what happened yesterday was truly shocking, and the Republicans won't stand up and do what they should without somebody pressing them", said demonstrator Kelli Rowedder, a 34-year-old teacher from Washington. He sailed through the Senate confirmation process as the No. 2 Justice Department official less than three weeks ago on a 94-to-6 vote.
Since starting with the FBI in 1995, Anderson's focus has been on public corruption, civil rights and government fraud investigations during stints at the bureau's offices in Miami, Washington, New Orleans and Dallas. But given concerns by members of Congress in both parties over Comey's dismissal, it's unlikely a permanent director will be in place soon. Even agents who disagreed with some of the decisions he made in the Clinton case regarded him as professional and well-intentioned and a strong leader.
The White House also issued a timeline claiming how Trump lost confidence in Comey over the course of the last several months.
MATT APUZZO: Yes, they didn't really elaborate on that.
Most economists will tell you that lower business tax rates tend to lead to higher economic growth and higher job creation. While he backed moves to reform the USA corporate tax system, he said that should not be seen as a challenge to Ireland.
He tried to force a hurry-up vote on the health care bill only to learn it didn't have the necessary support. Roe accused the Democrats of "fear mongering" to drum up opposition to the bill passed by the House.
This occurs though the bill's supporters are hard pressed to name a Texas city that is truly a "sanctuary". This bill - and a companion measure in the Senate - unjustly vilifies an entire group of people.
So to the left of the party, I say stop trying to undermine MPs who don't accept your exact vision for the country. However in a nod to Blair, Corbyn did also state once again that Labour is "for the many, not just for the few".
The Jazz will try to stave off elimination on Monday night when the best-of-7 series resumes at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz on the other hand will look to save their season in front of their home fans, looking to extend it to a Game 5 .
Le Pen, who is a fiery speaker with a laser-focused message, was expected to clobber Macron , who has little political experience. France has been in a state of emergency since then and 50,000 security forces safeguarded yesterday's vote.
Third, Kuntzman cited Clinton's decision to use a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state: "It's basic". Hillary Clinton's explanation for why she lost the election sparked an intense debate on "The View" Wednesday morning.
Interestingly, Macron only crept into French public consciousness when he chose to pull out of Hollande's party. There had been fears a win for Le Pen could see France leave the euro and possibly the EU.
Jordan Ayew's impact continues to be felt at Swansea City where he has gotten three assists in his last six matches. Then on 57 minutes Pickford came to the rescue with a brilliant tip-over from Markovic's header.
Whatever is wrong with the Affordable Care Act could be easily fixed, but Republicans have refused to do the fixing. I hope you'll be there every step of the way, until Trumpcare collapses under the weight of its own cruelty.
The government's budget deficit could explode under the plan , offsetting numerous benefits for the economy, economists say. When I am blessed to get a tax return, I use that money to pay down debt or save it for a larger purchase, like my auto .
Moon begins 5-year term as S.Korean president
Lee's appointment as prime minister is subject to a parliamentary hearing, though it does not require approval of the parliament. Moon's comfortable margin of victory belies a deep ideological and generational divide in the country of 51 million people.
Co-favorite Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby
Classic Empire, sent off at 6-1, started poorly and was immediately hampered by other horses, forcing him to come from 14th early. He kept his colt close to the rail on the backstretch, occasionally putting his nose in front, never dropping back beyond third.
Caps pull Holtby, trail 2-0 as series heads to Pittsburgh
Columbus, facing the same problem, registered fewer hits after falling behind 2-0 in the first-round series against the Penguins. Said defenseman Brooks Orpik: "We probably should stop giving up breakaways and two-on-ones and help him out a little bit".
French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead
The left-wing paper Liberation said he was "under pressure", even before his inauguration which is set to take place next Sunday. The nightmare scenarios that were whispered about in European capitals in early 2017 have not materialised.
Houston's Nene suffers season-ending thigh injury
The San Antonio Spurs are 13-4 straight up and 9-8 against the spread in their last 17 home games against the Houston Rockets. As Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post elegantly put it: If the Rockets shoot well from three, they're going to win.
Price defends cutting nearly $1 trillion from Medicaid
In March, Portman joined three other GOP senators in opposing Medicaid cuts in an early version of the House legislation. Fundraising surged nationwide as new recruits stepped up to challenge vulnerable Republicans who backed the plan.
'Trumpcare' bill set to hurt Republicans
According to a study by Alavere in the individual market today almost 245,000 Americans have pre-existing conditions . Thursday , House Republicans passed a can of worms, dubbed Trumpcare, on to the U.S.
Kentucky Derby day begins in cold and wet conditions
If it rains - as it's predicted to - the track will be muddy, and how each horse performs could be greatly affected by this. Lavoie said he's used to being out in tough weather conditions as a soldier, but planned to find cover at the track.
Trump and Australian PM meet after 'testy' phone call
Just before his departure for the airport Mr Turnbull repeatedly used one word to describe the Australian-US relationship: family. Mr Trump went on to say he and Mr Turnbull "reaffirmed the tremendous friendship" between the nations during their meeting.
Braden Holtby: Penguins chase Braden Holtby from Game 2
Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Now Trotz must decide which goalie will protect Washington's net in Game 3 - and prevent another season from slipping away.
Waymo to judge: Stop Uber from using our trade secrets ASAP
Levandowski left Waymo in January 2016 to start autonomous truck company Otto, which Uber bought for $680 million in August 2016. Specifically, Waymo says that a former lead engineer took self-driving auto tech secrets when he left the company a year ago .