Trump says he could name Federal Bureau of Investigation head by next week

Trump's nominee must be confirmed in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans have fiercely criticized Comey's firing.

According to a report in the New York Times, Mr Comey said he would offer the president honesty, but not loyalty.

Trump says "even that is possible".

"As far as I'm concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly", the president said.

Given this chaos and Trump's penchant for authoritarianism, now is not the time for one of those proverbial 3 a.m. phone calls.

During an interview on Sunday on "State of the Union", CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer if he supported the idea, floated by Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman Mark Warner.

In a tweet, Mr Trump appeared to issue a thinly veiled threat to Mr Comey, saying he had "better hope there are no tapes" of their conversations. In a separate appearance on NBC, he argued that it is important for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor in the case because such a person would have "the ability to actually prosecute people for violations of law".

McCabe arrived at the Justice Department in a motorcade Saturday afternoon. And in 1998, Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice for his efforts to hide his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

The federal law against obstruction of justice, a felony, is written broadly and applies to pending investigations. Comey earlier declined an invitation this week to testify in a closed hearing.

Spicer did not answer to questions whether the White House taped the conversation between Trump and Comey.

WASHINGTON ― Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday that "our institutions are under assault internally" by President Donald Trump, who is "eroding" the American system of "checks and balances" on political power. Instead, Trump's worst instincts were enabled by everyone around him.

"We can make a fast decision", Trump said, explaining the FBI's vetting process.

Once Director Comey uttered those words, the President could not fire him-absent proof of criminal conduct or unethical behavior-without creating the appearance of impropriety or the appearance of undermining the investigation.

Was the president trying to threaten the man he fired on Tuesday to keep silent?

Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.

"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

Schiff said that what disturbed him most about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensetin's memo, suggesting to terminate Comey, was the fact it was addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

First, the White House said Trump fired Comey because the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended it. "You can't be cute about tapes".

Trump told Fox News he was surprised by the fierce reaction of Democrats. He said most are "very well known" and of the "highest level".

President Trump threatened former FBI Director James Comey around the possibility that their private conversations were recorded.

Politicians from both parties reprimanded Mr Trump's actions last week, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Mr Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Mr Trump that warned Mr Comey against leaks to the press because he may have "tapes" of their conversations. Marco Rubio for president before backing Trump in May 2016. Moscow has denied any such meddling.

As part of the Russian Federation investigation, the Justice Department last month requested former Trump campaign chairperson Paul Manafort's banking records, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.