Trump told NBC News on Thursday that Comey is "a showboat, he's a grandstander".
McCabe undermined another of the Trump's constant claims - that the Russian Federation investigation is just a sideshow.
"He was leading an active counterintelligence investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or its representatives, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere in our election".
Responding to a December 2016 tweet in which O'Donnell called for Comey's firing, Trump tweeted: "We finally agree on something Rosie".
Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and other top USA intelligence officials are scheduled to testify before a congressional committee in a public hearing Thursday that has taken on new significance since President Trump suddenly removed James B. Comey as the leader of the FBI. She admitted to not having had a conversation with Trump about his decision-making until just before her Thursday press briefing, almost two days after the White House announced Comey's ouster.
The president's tweet comes amid allegations that he fired Comey because of the FBI's ongoing investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation.
Nixon also fired the person investigating into his affairs. But legislators probably will press him on how the bureau can maintain the probe's integrity and independence, and whether he thinks that a special counsel is necessary.
In another remarkable revelation in the interview - for which there is no current proof - Trump said he asked Comey directly to tell him, if "possible", whether he is under investigation.
What was his role in the Comey firing?"I'd had several conversations with him, but I didn't ask that question directly".
Sanders insisted on NBC that Comey's dismissal won't change much.
Donald Trump said 213 false things in his first 100 days.
"This investigation is not going to go away quietly", Colbert said, calling Comey's firing unprecedented, with one exception, Colbert said, setting up all those clips of TV news pundits who already had made that observation.
It's unclear whether Rosenstein was aware his report would be used to justify the director's ouster. The people recounting the behind-the-scenes activity spoke only on condition of anonymity to disclose private discussions.
Now the White House is denying that it tried to shift the responsibility to Rosenstein. "I mean, I have heard from a large number of individuals that work at the Federal Bureau of Investigation that said they are very happy with the president's decision".
But the president's comments signal that he allowed his top two spokespersons and other senior staff members - as well as Vice President Mike Pence - to repeat falsehoods about his decision-making for almost 48 hours without going public with the truth in an interview taped Thursday morning for "NBC Nightly News". And while a majority of Republicans say the allegations are more of a distraction (78 percent), a sizable 17 percent say they are a serious issue.
"He's highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy, the Democrats like him, the Republicans like him", Trump said of the deputy attorney general.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly last month to confirm Rod J. Rosenstein as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.
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