While 36 percent of independents disapprove of the firing, 42 percent said they had no opinion one way or another, higher than the overall 32 percent of Americans who didn't have anything to say on the matter.
After that, the president said he had already made a decision to fire Comey and that he was going to do it regardless of whether or not Rosenstein recommended it. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that as his panel continues to investigate the Russian Federation matter, it wants to "make sure those tapes, if they exist, are preserved".
Mr Garcia is a former NY prosecutor and Ms Fisher was an assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's criminal division. Comey was unsparing in criticizing Clinton for cyber-carelessness but saw no chance of a criminal case.
Media captionWhat do Trump supporters think about Comey's firing? It was Trump's first public event outside the White House since Comey's ouster.
Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate, served as Texas attorney general before his election to the Senate in 2002. It'd be highly unusual for the White House to elevate an FBI agent to the role of director, and McCabe during a Senate hearing last week broke with the White House's explanations for Comey's firing and its dismissive characterization of the Russian Federation investigation. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush, struck down a major component of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
"It was all him", Spicer said, referring to Rosenstein. "That was a DOJ decision".
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.
When he was asked, "Internally, from the president?" They are among almost a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.
"No. ... The final decision to move forward with it was yesterday". "I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the United States is important-you know, I mean, it depends on how you define loyalty". At week's end, the president was still fuming over that, and a shake-up of the entire communications team was under consideration by Trump, according to reports by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. "Very simple. He wasn't doing a good job".
"The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey". The day before, Huckabee Sanders called it "probably one of the smallest things that they've got going on their plate". Nixon sent his attorney general and deputy attorney general packing that night, along with the special prosecutor they had hired.
White House officials had hoped last week's House vote would give the president a much-needed burst of momentum and infuse new energy into efforts to fully overhaul the Obamacare health law and pass a massive tax reform package.
At least six contenders were expected to interview on Saturday: Sen.
They worked for Mr. Trump in different capacities and at different times in his career and differed in how common the practice seemed. What's more, House members are now demanding Trump release any such tapes, if they do indeed exist, because that's what happens when you imply you have secret recordings of government officials.
Well, I think we need to have Comey come before the Judiciary Committee and clear the air. And the Democrats like him, Republicans like him. Russian Federation denies the claims and the White House says there was no collusion.
Mr. Trump had one or more recording devices that he used to tape his phone calls from his office, the three people said.
Asked about the differing statements he and his White House offered, Trump said, "Well, that's an interesting situation", and admitted he toyed with the idea to stop White House press briefings.
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