Comey sought more Russian Federation probe resources before firing

Cheryl Sanders
May 11, 2017

While President Trump likes to solve things and make decisions promptly, replacing Comey is a big task.

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shot down calls for a special prosecutor to lead the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Donald Trump, a number of his rank-and-file members struggled to understand Trump's actions.

Trump, in a letter to Comey dated Tuesday, contended that the director had told him "three times" that he was not personally under investigation.

While celebrating Comey's ouster, the two agreed that the administration must now go after Democratic critics of Trump before they attempt to overthrow the government.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC on CNN's "New Day": "I think Director Comey is a fine man, but Democrats called for his removal about two to three, four weeks ago and now he's gone and we get a chance to pick on a new director that hopefully we can all agree is above reproach".

The revelations raise new questions about what prompted Trump's decision to fire Comey.

But politicians have questioned the timing of the firing, which came as Comey investigated whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "Our Democratic colleagues (are) complaining about the removal of an Federal Bureau of Investigation director whom they themselves repeatedly and sharply criticized". He had previously said the investigation was closed. In his opening remarks, Schumer called on McConnell to convene private, all-senators' meetings - one with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, and another with Rosenstein - to be briefed on the circumstances of Comey's termination. His departure followed weeks of deepening scandal in which it emerged that he had misled White House officials, including the vice-president, over his contact with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

Sanders attributed Trump's shift to the difference between being a candidate and president.

The Times added that this is "a tense and uncertain time in the nation's history", and it drew comparisons between Trump and President Richard Nixon's infamous 1973 Saturday Night Massacre. Comey publicly confirmed the investigation in his testimony to Congress in March.

Yet as recently as last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump had "confidence" in Comey.

This article has been updated to include that acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe will testify this week. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993.

"I do think that Director Comey was compromised".

"It was just learned a little while ago", Trump said at a campaign rally in October, "that one of the closest people to Hillary Clinton, with long-standing ties to her and her husband, gave more than $675,000 to the campaign of the spouse of a top FBI official, his wife, who helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton's illegal email server". Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock, who faces a tough re-election fight next year, declared, "There must be an independent investigation that the American people can trust".

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