Democrats fault Trump's dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation director

He continued, "At this hour, one of two things is already and irretrievably underway: either the end of Trump, or the end of American democracy, because both can not continue, because simply - you can not fire the man who is investigating you".

Last summer, the FBI obtained a secret court order to monitor the communications of Carter Page, who was an early adviser to the Trump campaign, as part of its investigation.

Asked by reporters Wednesday whether she was briefed by Comey on requests for additional funding for the investigation, Sen.

Other Democratic leaders have called Trump's action "Nixonian" and a "cover-up".

Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal said that he "disagreed with James Comey on some of the decisions, but I never advocated he be fired".

In this Wednesday, May 3, 2017, photo, then-FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Two former senior Justice Department officials said it made little sense to fire Comey while the Justice Department Inspector General was still doing a review of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

"I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed".

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said it was false that Comey had asked Rosenstein for money for the Russian Federation investigation. All sit in districts that the president lost last November and are atop Democratic target lists in next year's midterm elections.

Russian Federation has denied any such meddling. Can we trust that Sessions, or Trump, would not interfere?

The White House provided a timeline of key events leading up to President Donald Trump's decision to dismiss Comey. I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"He wasn't doing a good job, very simply", the Republican president said of Comey during a meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the White House Oval Office.

The FBI director had argued he had a duty to keep Congress informed of the state of play - and all the more so with an election looming - despite the Federal Bureau of Investigation's tradition of silence on such matters.

He also dismissed Democratic calls for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Moscow's role in the election and possible ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation. First, there was the Devin Nunes fiasco, when the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee found himself running back and forth to the White House grounds (and jumping in and out of cars to lose his aides) in what became such a transparent attempt to hinder that committee's Russian Federation investigation that Nunes was forced to remove himself from the investigation.

"I have said from the get-go that I think a special prosecutor is the way to go, but now with what's happened it is the only way to go", Schumer told reporters on Tuesday. But the president of the FBI Agents Association, Thomas O'Connor, said he was known to be responsive to their concerns, and he called the firing a "gut punch".

"The director can guide, he can lead", Ricks stated, "but he really is not running an investigation, and I have no doubt that if there is anything to be found, that it will still be found by those who are still involved in the investigation."

  • Leroy Wright