"Here's the thing, the difference between me and another president", Trump said.
"We can make a fast decision", Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One today. Trump did not mention Comey during his speech at Liberty University.
"In fact, when I made a decision 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 said.
Democratic lawmakers asked the White House to turn over any such recordings, and alleged that Trump's tweet raised the possibility of "obstruction of justice". Now that he is no longer head of the FBI, and therefore not leading an investigation into anything, he also theoretically has some time to sit down and chat with the Senate Intelligence Committee about their own probe into any possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
In addition, Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Adam Lee and U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson were expected to be interviewed, the Washington Post reported.
"Even that is possible", he told reporters when asked whether he could announce his nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Mideast and Europe.
Critics have assailed Mr Trump for abruptly dismissing Mr Comey just as the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and possible Moscow ties to the Trump presidential campaign.
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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is among four people who will meet Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein.
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.
Last week, President Trump tweeted: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
Media captionWhat do Trump supporters think about Comey's firing?
Without Comey's testimony, it could be tough to determine what led to his dismissal - unless the tapes President Trump alluded to on Twitter materialize.
Several people close to the president say his reliance on a small cadre of advisers as he mulled firing Comey reflects his broader distrust of many of his staffers.
As part of the Russian Federation investigation, the Justice Department last month requested former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's banking records, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.