President Trump also has since shifted the administration's account of what led to the firing, telling NBC News that he would have fired Comey regardless of any recommendation, after officials pointed to Rosenstein's memo as the driving force.
Comey was sacked Tuesday evening amid an active and escalating FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties with Russian Federation. He's a grandstander. The FBI has been in turmoil.
"I think anyone who is a serving officer in the government, and you're asked by the president to dinner, as a professional courtesy you're in a hard position to refuse to go", Clapper asserted.
As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr invited Comey to speak with committee members Tuesday in a closed session.
The interview marks Trump's first comments since Comey's termination on Tuesday.
A New York Times report further claims that Mr Trump had asked for a pledge of loyalty from Mr Comey during a dinner in January.
Despite insisting that there was no wrongdoing by the Trump campaign in regard to Russia, Trump said that he wanted things to be "absolutely done properly". Mr Comey is said to have declined.
On Thursday, Mr Trump appeared to contradict the initial version of events. Mr Comey found out about the dismissal through the media.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing that Trump did not demand Comey's loyalty. "I said, 'If it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?'"
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"You can't fire the investigator when he is investigating your administration", said Sen.
The White House has since struggled to justify Comey's ouster, with Trump on Thursday undercutting the White House's explanation that he fired Comey because of a recommendation from top Justice Department officials.
"We had a very nice dinner".
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According to the sources close to Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director told them about this conversation on the grounds that they not discuss it publicly while he served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation.
In terms of the context, the White House's contradictions reflect a degree of internal chaos.
"I find it incredulous that the president would even ask that question". Trump has denied any involvement.
Trump said that he was anxious for the results of the FBI investigation into Russia's efforts to disrupt the election.
USA intelligence agencies concluded in a January report that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to disrupt the election that included hacking into Democratic Party emails and leaking them, with the aim of helping Trump.
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