Federal Bureau of Investigation officials challenge Trump's account of dinner meeting with Comey

Any investigation that was taking place on Monday is still taking place today' White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday on NBC's TODAY show

Any investigation that was taking place on Monday is still taking place today' White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday on NBC's TODAY show

The man who took over from ousted FBI Director James Comey declined to say on Thursday whether he ever heard Comey tell Donald Trump that the president was not a target of an investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Look, [Comey]'s a showboat. "The FBI has been in turmoil". "As you and I have discussed, however, I can not defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken".

Mr Trump told NBC that "the FBI has been in turmoil" since a year ago, apparently a reference to the controversy over how an investigation over the emails of his rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, was managed, and "it hasn't recovered from that". It hasn't recovered from that.

HOLT: Monday you met with the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "The president asked that they put those concerns and their recommendation in writing".

That's why Trump's interview with NBC's Lester Holt is so extraordinary.

But he said he had no regrets and would make the same decision again.

Some are wondering why Sessions had any input in the decision at all, since Comey was heading an investigation Sessions promised not to touch. But if Trump's intention in so doing was to impede the investigation into his campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation then it could constitute obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense, legal experts told ThinkProgress earlier this week.

The subsequent, conflicting arguments from the administration's spokespeople in the hours and days following the firing added to the sense that the decision must have been made for undisclosed reasons.

Vice President Mike Pence also said multiple times on Wednesday that Trump's dismissal of Comey was predicated on the recommendations of Rosenstein. He's highly respected. Very good guy, very smart guy.

In a statement, Grassley said that Comey had previously briefed him and the panel's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and that the lawmakers "heard nothing that contradicted the president's statement". The Republicans like him.

He had made a recommendation.

President Donald Trump said Thursday the investigations into his campaign were "set up by the Democrats", though Republicans are a majority in both houses of Congress and the US intelligence community has already concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the election. It's very hard because you start off at such a disadvantage. So everybody was thinking they should have won the election.

HOLT: But were - are you angry.

Comey was appointed by Obama in 2013.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Comey had "enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day".

More than that, he effusively praised Comey, telling his supporters that it "took a lot of guts" for him to do "the right thing".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to publicly confirm whether or not it is probing Trump.

"I would not (say that)", McCabe told the Senate hearing. As far as I'm concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly.

When I did this now, I said I probably maybe will confuse people.

"It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply".

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