"Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does to this day", McCabe said, saying he holds Comey in the "absolute highest regard". But he said he had no regrets and would make the same decision again.
While former FBI Director James Comey has yet to release a public statement since he was sacked by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, a statement sent to his former colleagues suggests he's absolutely devastated by his unexpected termination.
"After Rosenstein had been given as the reason by the White House, he 'threatened to resign, '" Tapper explained, reading that report.
Warner said the timing of Comey's dismissal by President Donald Trump is troubling.
The Trump administration said Tuesday Comey was sacked because of his handling of the Clinton email probe.More news: Everton skipper Jagielka uncertain about his future at club
The firing of Comey left the fate of the FBI's probe into Russia's election meddling and possible ties to the Trump campaign deeply uncertain.
The acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director will testify before the Senate intelligence committee in an engagement his former boss had been due to fulfill. But the final straw appears to have been Trump's "white hot" anger with Comey after his testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Trump's decision to terminate Comey's tenure, effective immediately, stunned Washington and drew comparisons to the Watergate scandal that brought down Nixon.
Clinton has said that the Comey decision to announce the renewed inquiry days before the election was a likely factor in her loss to Trump. "The next day, Tuesday May 9, the Deputy Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the Attorney General and the Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the President". But all of these things were well known by Trump, the White House and the Department of Justice long before Tuesday.
He initially refused to do a briefing, returning to his office and locking the door - before later resurfacing as Democrats and Republicans began to criticise and question the firing.More news: White House Defends Changing Accounts in Comey Firing: 'Our Story Is Consistent'
Many questions remained about what caused Trump to move so quickly.
"I take Rod (Rosenstein) at his word that be believed everything in that memo but he must know that it's going to be used as a fig leaf to fire Comey", one former official said.
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 statement would seem to contradict statements by the White House that Comey was sacked in part because he lost the support of the rank-and-file at the bureau.
Trump described an Oval Office meeting with Sergei Lavrov, the highest-profile Kremlin official to visit the White House in years, as "very very good". Comey reportedly found out that he had been fired around the time the news broke on television.More news: Trump, top Russia envoy to meet at White House
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