Comey sought more Russian Federation resources before firing

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

When Trump allegedly pressed Comey further, Comey pledged to provide "honest loyalty". Trump, then the Republican Presidential Nominee, reacted favourably to the news.

Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, later saying that "he wasn't doing a good job".

James Clapper, who retired in January as director of national intelligence, told NBC's Andrea Mitchell that Comey told him on the night of the dinner the president had invited him - and he was uneasy about it.

Comey, 56, was nominated by President Barack Obama for the Federal Bureau of Investigation post in 2013 to a 10-year term, though that appointment does not ensure a director will serve the full term. Aides later said the president had been considering firing Comey for months, and Trump said he would have made the decision regardless of the Justice Department recommendation. Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose memo was used as a pretext for firing Comey, is also participating. Now Comey has been removed, sparking a host of new questions.

After four months in office, President Donald Trump has become distrustful of some of his White House staff, heavily reliant on a handful of family members and longtime aides, and furious that the White House's attempts to quell the firestorm over the FBI and congressional Russian Federation investigations only seem to add more fuel.

"When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump said. The administration paired the letter with a scathing review by Rosenstein, the recently confirmed deputy attorney general, of how Comey handled the investigation into Clinton's email practices, including his decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing "derogatory information" about Clinton.

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None of that is true, Comey's associates insist.

A former senior FBI official said Comey would never have told the president he was not under investigation - contradicting what Trump said. There, he led investigations of government officials and civil rights violations. "He would say, 'Look sir, I really can't get into it, and you don't want me to'". Fisher is one of almost a dozen candidates President Donald Trump is considering to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey.

Once Comey uttered those words, President Donald Trump could not fire him - absent proof of criminal conduct or unethical behavior - without creating the appearance of impropriety or the appearance of undermining the investigation. Four of the individuals are said to be interviewing with the President this weekend. Luttig clashed with the Bush White House on a prominent terror case, rebuking the administration for its actions in the case involving "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla.

But in the end, "He's still the commander-in-chief".

Justice Department officials began interviewing candidates on Saturday to replace fired FBI Director James Comey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the report.

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