Protesters call for investigation following FBI director firing

Carla Harmon
May 12, 2017

Democrats intensified accusations on Wednesday that Comey's removal was meant to undermine the FBI probe and demanded an independent investigation.

Mr Trump had been considering letting Mr Comey go "since the day he was elected" in November, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The Justice Department denies that Comey, a 56-year-old with three decades of law enforcement experience, asked for more resources.

The Comey firing prompted several protests, including one outside the federal building in Oakland on Wednesday. He did not mention any effect Comey's dismissal might have on the FBI and congressional investigations into contacts between Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.

"Today we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done", the most senior Republican in the Senate said on the chamber floor. The administration paired the letter with a scathing review by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of how Comey handled the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email practices, including his decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing "derogatory information" about Clinton.

Democrats do have a history of slamming Comey for his handling of the Clinton investigation.

"Both Democrats and Republicans attacked the FBI Director at various times for various reasons and called for his ouster", Comstock, who formerly worked with Comey at the Justice Department, said in a statement.

"Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey", Trump said.

"For her to say Comey was guilty of some "atrocity"?" John McCain of Arizona renewed his bipartisan push for a separate committee to examine Russian interference in the 2016 election and Moscow's ties to Trump's campaign.

Many Democrats have criticised Comey's management of that investigation, but they sharply questioned the timing of his dismissal, given that Trump could have acted soon after taking office on January 20 and that he has repeatedly criticised the FBI and congressional probes into Russia's role in the election.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky continued to resist, insisting on keeping the investigation contained to the Intelligence Committee.

Insinuating that Trump is utterly guilty of a coverup, Olbermann continued, "To do so is to immediately and irreversibly take whatever problems you face, whatever investigations you have to suffer, whatever crimes you may or may not have already committed, and to magnify and multiply them by a number so large it nearly can not be counted".

Warner joined other Democratic senators, including Tim Kaine of Virginia, in demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor because they've lost confidence in Justice Department leaders and the FBI to conduct an impartial investigation.

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