United States President Donald Trump warned the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey on Friday against talking to the media, indicating that there may be recorded "tapes" of their conversations which could contradict his account.
In a series of early morning tweets, Trump assailed critics and the media over their response to Comey's ouster, and threatened to cancel daily news briefings at the White House.
Mr Rosenstein visited Capitol Hill on Thursday and met the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"Any investigation that was taking place Monday was taking place today", Sanders said, suggesting that was an indication that Comey's firing would not impact the ongoing probe. "Do you have any good questions to ask him?"
McCabe, a career FBI agent who ran the Washington field office and oversaw national security investigations out of headquarters, was a target of Trump's on the campaign trail following reports that his wife had accepted campaign donations from a close ally of Hillary Clinton during a failed bid for the state Senate. "He said, 'You are not under investigation.'" Trump told Holt.
TRUMP: Look - look, let me tell you.
Comey showed bad judgment in his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, but his reputation for basic honesty is light years beyond Trump's, and he has a lot of friends who will continue going to bat for him.
Donald Trump warns James Comey over 'leaks' in explosive Twitter rant
Previous presidents have made a public show of staying out of legal matters, so as not to appear to be injecting politics. The president also did not indicate who he believes may have recorded the two men's conversation.
"First of all, you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair", he said. In a letter, Rod Rosenstein, Trump's deputy attorney general, said that the director had had too much influence on the 2016 US election. Comeywas fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
"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".
In the House of Representatives, Justin Amash, a Republican member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Twitter that he had signed onto Democratic-sponsored legislation calling for an independent, bipartisan commission to probe Russian meddling in last year's USA election campaign.
"I would note that NY is a one-party consent state, and President Trump has always abided by the law", said Sam Nunberg, a former campaign aide. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job. Nonetheless, Trump this week had the audacity to cite Comey's handling of the case as a reason he fired him.
"Even that is possible", Trump said.
Comey, who was sacked from his high-ranking position Tuesday evening, only promised that he could be honest, the sources told ABC News. "I have the highest respect for his consideration abilities and his integrity", McCabe said. Not to mention Congress, which is also investigating.
Senator Mark Warner said the committee had planned to ask Mr Comey "a series of hard questions" about Russian meddling in the election campaign on Thursday.