How Every Lawmaker Has Reacted to Comey’s Firing So Far

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WASHINGTON — President Trump had been considering firing James B. Comey from his position as director of the F.B.I. since he became president, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

But even though Mr. Trump had lost confidence in Mr. Comey, the recommendation from the deputy attorney general to fire Mr. Comey was not made at the president’s direction, said the spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Ms. Sanders said that Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, was acting on his own when he recommended to Mr. Trump during a meeting on Monday that Mr. Comey be terminated. At that meeting, the president directed Mr. Rosenstein to put the recommendation into writing, Ms. Sanders said.

“The president had lost confidence in Director Comey,” Ms. Sanders said. “He had been considering letting Director Comey go since” Mr. Trump entered the White House. The president made the final decision on Tuesday, she said.

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