The statement contradicts a a written account of the encounter between Mr Comey and Mr Trump that was penned shortly after a meeting between the two men.
"I never was insane about Trump", J. Brien Comey told USA Today's affiliate in North Jersey.
While the White House initially pointed to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, outlining Comey's mismanagement of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, as the impetus for his termination, Trump later admitted that the Russian Federation investigation - which he has called a "hoax" - played a role.
Rosenstein isn't done talking about the Comey decision to Congress, as he's scheduled to speak with the House of Representatives in another closed session on Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A New York Times article claimed that Comey always tried to keep Trump at "arm's length" because of the business mogul's attempts to influence him.
A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he's been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump.
That flies in the face of the White House's public insistence that Comey's dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation.
The Russians later posted photos of a beaming Trump shaking hands with Lavrov and Kislyak, which the White House had reportedly been assured would not be done. Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed to the "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein. "I stand by it", Rosenstein said according to a copy of his opening remarks.
"On May 8, I learned that President Trump meant to remove Director Comey and sought my advice and input".
Trump referred to Comey's testimony at a recent Capitol Hill hearing after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his testimony regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices. Despite the president's furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller's appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos.
House members and senators said Rosenstein steered clear of specifics in answering questions about his appointment of former FBI director as special counsel but made clear that Mueller has wide latitude to pursue the investigation wherever it leads, potentially including criminal charges.
Trump, combative and complaining, fell short on Thursday in trying to resolve investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.
"We are not going to be intimidated", Green said Saturday.
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Israelis on edge before Trump visit
This new development happened days ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump on an ultra-sensitive status of Jerusalem . Herzog said he was hopeful Trump would "bring with him what I call "a break-the-impasse" " proposal for peace talks.
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Braun noted Indiana's historically low number of unemployment insurance claims are also a sign of a constricting labor market. But the state's unemployment rate is still well above the US unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, which is at a 10-year low.