US voters are roughly split in their opinion on whether it was right for President Donald Trump to fire former FBI Director James Comey, with slightly more favoring the move, a new poll indicates. Mr. Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that Comey wanted to make a pitch to keep his job.
Spicer, Sanders, Pence and other top White House officials have vigorously denied that the FBI's Russian Federation investigation was part of the president's calculus when he made a decision to fire Comey.
This week has seen not only a near-constitutional crisis, but also a cataclysmic communications disaster after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating whether the president's associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.
U.S. president Donald Trump appeared to threaten James Comey with the release of "tapes" of their private conversations as he lashed out at the man he fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in a flurry of angry morning tweets.
A third of Americans say that Trump made the right decision, the poll finds, while 34 percent say he made the wrong decision.
In an extraordinary tweet, even by Trump's standards, the president wrote: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
"I said, if it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?" Mr Trump said when beckoning Mr Comey at a January meeting, sending an air-kiss his way. Forty-eight percent of Americans consider the Trump administration's relationship with Russian Federation a somewhat or very serious problem, virtually identical to the 47 percent who said the same earlier this week.
Earlier on Friday, Trump said that no one should expect his White House to give completely accurate information.
But Friday afternoon, Rosenstein said he did not see the need at this time for a special prosecutor, CNN reported.
But Moss, deputy executive director of The James Madison Project, a Washington-based organization that promotes government accountability, added it is "difficult to say if it is actually illegal, since Comey allegedly responded that Trump was not under investigation". Mr. Rosenstein left the impression that he couldn't work in an environment where facts weren't accurately reported, the person said. "He said, 'You are not under investigation'".
"He wanted to have dinner because he wanted to stay on".
Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, said Trump had been considering letting Comey go since coming into office, while Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, told a press briefing last week that the president "had confidence" in Comey.
"If you've seen him under sworn testimony, he just doesn't comment on things he's not supposed to". I think he asked for the dinner.
His comment contradicted a Trump tweet saying Clapper did not believe there was collusion.
Rosenstein, in turn, was reportedly so upset about getting pinned as the impetus for Comey's dismissal that he threatened to resign.