Ryan said on Fox News Wednesday night that Trump lost patience with Comey and that many Republicans, Democrats and senior Justice Department officials had lost confidence in him. Comey again replied that he would give him "honesty" and did not pledge his loyalty, according to the account of the conversation.
Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Andrew McCabe Thursday said ongoing investigation into alledged links between White House staff and Russian Federation will continue.
Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed the talking point later that same day during a news briefing.
When pressed about Comey's 20 March revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conducting a probe into any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, the president made a distinction highlighting his claim that he wasn't personally a target. "I'm not under investigation".
Mr. Comey's account, his answer to Mr. Trump's initial question apparently did not satisfy the president, the associates said. "I'm not talking about campaigns, I'm not talking about anything else".
I don't know about you, but if I did something like that I'd keep it to myself.
This may be the rare case where Donald Trump told the truth-that he was going to fire Comey with or without Rosenstein and Sessions giving him an excuse-but it's clear that written responses from his press shop would not increase accuracy. "I'm not under investigation".
Elsewhere in the interview, Mr Trump said he had asked Mr Comey point-blank if he was under investigation.
The FBI typically does not confirm their existence.
Even before Mr Trump's provocative tweet, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Mr Comey was sacked.
"And there will be lots of questions that come out of that", Hosko said.
Trump's interview was released on the same day the interim head of the FBI told the US Congress that Comey's sacking would not derail the Russian Federation investigation. Unfortunately Mr. McCabe's marriage to a doctor who ran for a Democratic seat in the Virginia state Senate previous year has already raised partisan complaints about his impartiality when he was in charge of the investigation of Mrs. Clinton's emails, and is likely to do so again. He added, in an interview, that the dismissal of Director Comey was "not a good thing for America".
"Comey lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike".
"He was leading an active counterintelligence investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or its representatives, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere in our election".
"For many people, including myself, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to this investigation". The Democrats like him, the Republicans like him.