Trump fired Comey last Tuesday. In that instance, he said wiretapping meant all forms of surveillance. "Whenever there is something like this, there is some kind of lead-up, and it's not totally caught by surprise".
Subsequent reports indicate that the president had already chose to fire Comey - among other reasons, for being insufficiently loyal to the president - and that he sought the help of Sessions and Rosenstein to justify his decision.
Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times reports today that Republican Senators are separating themselves from Trump. Flynn was sacked by the White House 18 days later, after the Yates warning leaked to the Washington Post.
Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian Federation, has continued to question whether it was behind the hacking of email accounts belonging to Democrats involved in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
He warned Comey last week against talking to the media, saying he had "better hope there are no tapes" of their conversations.
Exit quotation on executive privilege from Jim Comey's friend, lawyer Benjamin Wittes: "One of the problems that Trump created for himself in removing Jim Comey is that he dramatically increased the list of things that Jim Comey is now allowed to talk about". Trump and his staffers have refused to explain those remarks, and they became part of the political cloud that has overshadowed the White House ever since Comey was sacked as FBI Director.
The former USA intelligence chief is warning that President Donald Trump is eroding the nation's system of checks and balances. Clapper said Russians "have to be celebrating with a minimal expenditure of resources and what they have accomplished".
Mr Trump denies any such links and says Mr Comey had assured him he was not being investigated.
"Trump's unpredictable", the former agent said. It goes back to my recurring theme of collective social responsibility and the lack of it in contemporary society.
Warner said "the dots seem to be fairly obviously connected" to indicate "a lot more than smoke".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief the Senate behind closed doors Thursday on the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing.
"The story that came out tonight as reported, is false", McMaster said on the White House lawn.
"I am concerned about his 3 am. tweets, I am concerned about what he says to foreign leaders, yes, I am concerned", the liberal firebrand added. "It is a little surprising that he would agree in this short period of time, unless he agreed with it all".
"I'm ready to move on and pick a new Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and get to the bottom of what Russian Federation did. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over". "He can hire and fire whoever he wants", she said. "Nobody gets toned down". Mr Comey is said to have declined.
"He was still fairly new, and he didn't have an event like 9/11 like Mueller had to kind of pull everybody together", the former agent said, referring to former Director Robert Mueller.
The former director of national intelligence says that in many ways, American political institutions are "under assault" today - by Russian Federation from the outside and President Donald Trump from the inside.