Dem rep: Trump not a 'credible source' on Russian Federation investigation

Cheryl Sanders
May 11, 2017

He passed the weekend at his New Jersey golf club although aides declined to say whether he was playing golf. The FBI never confirmed that McCabe and Comey gave the White House the go-ahead to knock down the stories. Republican leaders brushed off idea as unnecessary.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a letter recommending Comey's dismissal that it was a result of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's handling of a probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.

And after Trump's swift firing of Comey drew comparisons to President Richard Nixon's infamous "Saturday Night Massacre", the president then had another surprise visitor beside him as he spoke to reporters - former Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Asked about what the president has been up to this week, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said he was doing meetings "in preparation for the foreign trip". There's nothing there."Later on Tuesday, CNN reported that federal prosecutors in Virginia have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who was sacked by President Trump in February". And Trump's action left the fate of the Russian Federation probe deeply uncertain.

President Donald Trump's stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey throws into question the future of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russian Federation. As head of the FBI, Comey had been leading the complex counterintelligence investigation that has dogged the Trump White House since Inauguration Day. Former FBI agents said such a statement by the director would be all but unthinkable.

"The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!"

In Rosenstein's memo to Sessions released Tuesday night, the deputy attorney general concluded that Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server justified his dismissal because Comey had refused to acknowledge what many viewed as mistakes in how and why Comey made public disclosures about the investigation at key moments in the presidential campaign.

But Rosenstein's own role in Comey's firing became increasingly murky on Wednesday. Schumer later held a press conference slamming Trump for his decision.

More than a dozen Republican senators voiced concerns about President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, in a series of statements suggesting that, on this issue, the GOP was not yet prepared to close ranks behind its president.

Senior White House officials appeared to have badly misjudged the impact of Trump's sudden move. A source with knowledge of discussions inside the White House told CNN's Dana Bash that the thinking was that because Democrats were saying precisely what Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a letter explaining the grounds for Comey's dismissal, there would be no backlash. What is clear is that Trump's interest in getting rid of Comey has meant that he probably has made his Russian Federation problems worse.

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