Acting FBI chief pledges no interference will be tolerated in Russian Federation investigation

Comey's dismissal also came days after he reportedly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for more resources to further the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

FBI director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Donald Trump associates, days before he was sacked by the president, United States officials have said.

Trump faces accusations from Democrats that he fired Comey to hinder the FBI investigation into US intelligence agency allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump.

Trump has said that Comey on three occasions - during one meeting and two phone calls - told him he was not personally the subject of an investigation.

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"I was going to fire him regardless of recommendations", Trump told NBC in an interview, after days in which the White House has struggled to convince Congress and the American public that the move was not politically motivated.

McCabe also contradicted another statement by Sanders in Wednesday's White House briefing when she said that the Russian Federation investigation was "probably one of the smallest things" on the FBI's plate.

"I can speak to my own personal experience", Sanders said.

A source close to Comey told me this morning: "He hopes there are tapes".

Apparently stung by media scrutiny over shifting accounts of how and why Comey was sacked, Trump suggested he may call off daily media briefings at the White House.

McCabe was asked about the FBI's probe of Russia's meddling into the presidential election, which encompasses a number of facets that have nothing to do with the president.

"We don't believe this to be an accurate account", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary.

The letter noted Congressmen John Conyers and Elijah Cummings also want all documents, memos, analyses, emails or other communications related to Trump's decision to fire Comey turned over to Congress. "That's a question the president will have to answer", said Burr, chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Comey says he refused but promised to be honest. And I said, 'I'll consider. "And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen".

Days before he was sacked, Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation, US officials have said, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.

The White House appeared caught off guard by the intense response to Mr Comey's firing, given that the FBI director had become a pariah among Democrats for his role in the Clinton investigation.

He also said he would refrain from discussing the investigation with the White House, pledged to report to the committee any efforts to interfere in it and said the dismissal of the director would do nothing to impede the probe. Whatever Trumpian reasons the president had for firing Comey, McCabe testified that there has been no obstruction by the administration.

The former official was in charge of the bureau's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Angry Democrats called for the director's head, and now they are suddenly upset that the President has fired him.