James Comey's dismissal: Differing accounts from Trump officials

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A new NBC News-SurveyMonkey poll released Thursday revealed how Americans really feel about President Donald Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

Regardless of his muddled connection to Comey's firing, 20 Democratic state attorneys general wrote to Rosenstein on Thursday, saying he is the only one who can begin to fix the damage. An FBI official cited by NBC News on Thursday called Trump's account "not correct".

Just 13 percent of Republican voters and Republican-leaning voters said the same.

"You've got a man like James B. Comey whose probity is legion, and you contrast that with the president, whose moral turpitude was on full display during the campaign, as well as in the past", Gagliano said on CNN's "New Day".

In that same NBC interview, the president said he had chose to fire Comey because he was a "showboat" and a "grandstander" and also because "this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story", a reference to the FBI's ongoing investigation into the Russian government's campaign of cyberattacks directed at last year's presidential election as well as into possible ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.

Grassley also said that it was important for the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director to be responsive to his oversight requests, reiterating his issues with the organization under Comey.

Donald Trump has refused to deny recording his meetings with former FBI Director James Comey.

As he later met with former secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the White House, Mr Trump was asked by reporters why he fired Mr Comey, responding: "He wasn't doing a good job, very simply."

"I'm not saying it any way", Trump said. However, the White House subsequently conceded it was Trump's own decision and that he had been wanting to let him go since his election.

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"It's always the president's decision", Spicer said.

That's far different from the White House's initial account in the hours after Comey's firing.

The US Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Richard Durbin, slammed the president after Friday's tweet about Comey.

The president tweeted early Friday that "Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election".

White House officials and others insisted on anonymity in order to disclose private conversations and internal deliberations.

Disputing the basis of the Russian Federation investigation, Spicer said, "There's no collusion that occurred". Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a USA compound in Benghazi, Libya.

When that exchange occurred, Trump already knew about the FBI's concerns that Flynn had been compromised.

But McCabe characterized the investigation as "highly significant" and assured senators that Comey's firing would not hinder it.

Pearson reported from NY.

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