President Trump delivered his first commencement speech as Commander in Chief, speaking to graduates at Liberty University.
Trump went on to slam Democrats as "hypocrites" due to their previous condemnations of Comey and his handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
Meanwhile Trump said today he will move quickly to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, after he sparked a political firestorm by firing the man investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign. "Nearly all of them are very well-known", Trump said before taking off for Lynchburg, Virginia, where he gave the commencement address at Liberty University.
Trump on Friday threatened Comey on Twitter several days after firing him.
"In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump told Holt during the interview. The contradicted one of the White House's stated reasons for firing Comey.
Trump addressed questions over the timing in his interview with Pirro, arguing that there was "no right time" to fire Comey. So far 14 people - lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates.
The first person to be interviewed for the position was Alice Fisher, who served as assistant attorney general for the criminal division during the George W. Bush administration. -Former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI, who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Trump acknowledged in an interview that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind when he chose to fire Comey.
-Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was also interviewed, despite his repeated willingness to break from the White House explanations of Comey's ouster.
Anonymous sources told the Associated Press that Michael J. Garcia, an associate judge on New York's highest court, and US District Judge Henry E. Hudson were also interviewed.
In the initial moments after Comey's firing, Trump's press secretary, deputy press secretary and Vice President Mike Pence all said Trump's decision was based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.