Comey fired: Why might Trump have axed Federal Bureau of Investigation chief?

Angie Massey
May 19, 2017

It'd be unusual for the White House to elevate an FBI agent to the role of director, and McCabe during a Senate hearing last week broke with the White House's explanations for Comey's firing and its dismissive characterization of the Russian Federation investigation. If they exist, Congress needs to get them. Graham leads one of the congressional committees investigating Russia's interference in last year's election.

In a statement, Durbin said that what he characterized as Trump's admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe was "dangerously close to obstruction of justice". They added that Comey was wary about dining with the president, but believed he couldn't turn him down.

In a recent interview, the president also claimed that Comey told him during a January dinner that he was not under investigation by the bureau.

Comey came to the job with a reputation for courage and independence.

Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.

He tweeted, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

His letter focuses on the fallout from an FBI investigation, now closed, into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to store sensitive information while secretary of state.

Nothing has come from this investigation yet; Mr Comey said it was "very complex" and that he could not give a timetable for its completion.

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The White House has consistently denied having links with Russian Federation.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders attributed the disconnect in the week's explanations to the fact that she had not directly asked President Trump when he'd made the decision to fire Comey until shortly before Thursday's press briefing.

The White House blocked U.S. reporters from photographing the meeting, opting to allow only White House and Russian photographers to capture images of Trump's interactions with Lavrov.

Garcia, an associate judge on the New York's highest court, is also on the list. Moscow has denied any such meddling.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that as his panel continues to investigate the Russian Federation matter, it wants to "make sure those tapes, if they exist, are preserved".

The fact Mr Comey had not publicly talked down links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation was also a source of tension, the Journal reported.

Other reports by GizPress

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