Condoleezza Rice says United States will weather political storm over Comey firing

"Whether or not you are a supporter of Mr. James Comey's actions as FBI director, the timing of his firing - in the middle of an investigation into Russia's interference in our election - is serious cause for concern", said Murkowski.

Democrats have pounced on the president amid a massive backlash over his sudden decision to fire Comey, just as the spy agency was investigating whether Trump's campaign aides colluded with Russian Federation in an attempt to sway the USA election in the Republican's favour.

In his memo to the attorney general, Rosenstein criticized James Comey's handling of the conclusion of his investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails and his refusal to accept what Rosenstein described as the "nearly universal judgment" that he had been wrong.

Following the meeting, several Senate Democrats called for a special counsel to be appointed by a career Justice Department official-not Rosenstein, a political appointee-to take over the Russian Federation inquiry.

"The next director of the FBI, like Comey, must be an independent voice for the bureau - specifically for its continued investigation into Russia's involvement with our election process", Gardner said.

"He wasn't doing a good job, it's very simple, he was not doing a good job", Trump told reporters.

If Donald Trump is trying to avoid comparisons with Richard Nixon's scandal-plagued presidency, welcoming Henry Kissinger - the man probably most closely connected with the former president - in the Oval Office probably isn't the best move. "This underscores the need for an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 election and connections to the Trump campaign and administration". Gen. Jeff Sessions and Deputy Atty. W. Bush. Succeeding former FBI Director Robert Mueller, Comey was confirmed by the Senate for a full 10-year-term. Burr said his committee had the jurisdiction and responsibility to continue its investigation - and "we are going to do that".

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"His dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the committee", Burr said. The DOJ lost confidence in Director Comey.

The timing of the decision sparked outrage in Washington, with Democrats in the Senate "virtually unanimous" that a special prosecutor must now be appointed to take over the Russian Federation investigation - a step the White House insists is unnecessary.

There are two narratives behind Trump's decision, Rove said.

"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!" he tweeted. Comey said that for a counterintelligence probe, "that's a fairly short period of time".

Comey appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and was grilled for his decision to recommend against charging Clinton.

Experience with Special Prosecutors As a young Justice Department lawyer, Rosenstein was part of Kenneth Starr's Whitewater investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton's real estate dealings, according to reports.

  • Larry Hoffman