Amidst a raging political storm over his abrupt dismissal, Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey told his colleagues on Thursday that the US President had the right to sack him for any reason "or for no reason at all" and that he had come to terms with it.
Trump said Comey was sacked because he had lost the public's trust.
"It defies logic", Murphy said.
Trump said he was meeting with Kissinger to talk "about Russian Federation and various other matters".
Trump had been considering letting Comey go "since the day he was elected" in November, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who stayed mum on the subject for most of Wednesday, also defended Trump's decision while also emphasizing the president could have done so when he assumed power in January.
Even when Comey testified last week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee - saying it made him "mildly nauseous" that he might've affected the election - the news coverage didn't match that of his House testimony.
Keith Olbermann's latest video from GQ's "The Resistance" - featuring commentary about President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey - was heavily supported by a slew of vulgar tweets posted to his account over the last 24 hours. Their demand: an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump campaign associates. That included Preet Bharara of the Southern District of NY, however, whom Trump had told he would stay on, and who would have jurisdiction over, among other things, Trump Tower. "None of us know where that investigation is going to lead and that's a very apparent conflict of interest for the president".
Mr Spicer had earlier attempted to email the announcement to the White House press corps, but when he encountered problems with the system he ended up shouting a statement to reporters who happened to be nearby.
The bureau has been probing whether Trump's campaign colluded with such an effort - something the president rejects as "fake news". "But he's not leading the investigation".
The Senate's minority leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer, said Rosenstein should appoint a special prosecutor, and he also called on McConnell to hold closed and potentially classified briefings with all USA senators to question the top Justice Department officials, Sessions and Rosenstein.
"Well, I can speak to my own personal experience", she said.
"The president made the right decision at the right time", he said.
It's true that there's little love lost between Comey and Democrats. Democrats quickly accused Trump of using Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a pretext and called for a special prosecutor into the Russian Federation probe. "It's not just that they removed him-it's that they did it in the most thuggish and humiliating way possible". But that's not the issue here.
Referring to candidate considerations for the next director of the FBI, Ryan said "I think it's very important that the administration moves quickly with a capable replacement".