Trump firing Comey shrouds Russian Federation probe in doubt, turmoil

The Trump administration has suggested multiple motives for Comey's termination, including his conduct in the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information previous year and an error in his congressional testimony on the probe last week.

When asked when the president lost confidence in Comey, Sanders said, "I think it's been an erosion of confidence".

In his own first question to McCabe, Burr asked the acting FBI director about one of the more puzzling and surprising statements in Trump's termination letter to Comey - that the law enforcement chief told the president on three separate occasions that he was not under investigation in regards to Russian Federation.

"If you are referring to the Russian Federation investigation, I do".

Trump, who met Russia's foreign minister at the White House on Wednesday, lashed out at critics, calling Democrats "phoney hypocrites", and defended his decision to abruptly oust Comey on Tuesday from the law enforcement post he held since 2013.

He did not respond when asked if the next FBI director will be in charge of the Russian Federation investigation.

Shortly after Comey disclosed on October 28 - 11 days before the election - that he was reopening an investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified emails while at the State Department, Sen. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said the White House was "brazenly interfering" in the probe.

And warhawk Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona said Congress must form a special committee to investigate Russia's alleged interference in the election. In defending the decision, officials leaned heavily on a memo from Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, that criticized Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation.


Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: "The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General (Jeff Sessions) and the deputy Attorney General (Rod Rosenstein) regarding the dismissal". McMaster picks deputy MORE (D-Va.) said he raised the director's ouster as evidence of the need for a special prosecutor.

Fanatical as that take might sound, Hannity wasn't even the first Fox News talker to advance it. Andrew Napolitano suggested on Martha MacCallum's 7 p.m. show that Comey may have been fired so that Clinton could be "indicted for espionage".

Sanders, speaking Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America", said, "I have heard that directly from him (Trump), that that information was relayed directly to him from Director Comey".

White House and other USA officials insisted on anonymity to disclose private conversations.

"There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date".

Trump will now appoint a successor at the FBI, which has been investigating since late July, and who will nearly certainly have an impact on how the investigation moves forward and whether the public will accept its outcome. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993. Comey said that "in times of turbulence, the American people should see the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence".

"Nobody wants this to be finished and completed more than us", she said.


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