Poll Finds Split Reactions Over Firing Of FBI Director James Comey

The decision to fire Comey amid an ongoing FBI investigation into ties between the Russian government and members of Trump's 2016 campaign has raised concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency. The White House first said this week that Trump made the move because of a negative memo about Comey from the Justice Department, only to have the president later say he made the decision before seeing the memo.

President Trump chose to fire former FBI Director James Comey well before receiving recommendations from the Justice Department's top officials this week, he said Thursday.

"In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". The acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director said yesterday he wasn't aware of Comey having requested more money for the Russiagate probe, contra the stories on Wednesday. He said, 'You are not under investigation, ' " Trump said, claiming that Comey told him the same thing once during a dinner and then again on two separate phone calls. "We don't have them-I think it's a good idea... you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair".

Rosenstein's written critique of the former director, and Sessions' concurrence, both dated May 9, argued that Comey erred while managing the FBI's investigation past year of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The four are among almost a dozen candidates Mr Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

Views about the Trump's administration's relationship with Russian Federation have undergone little change as a result of Comey's firing. Whether the reporting was wrong or Rosenstein was just being verrrry careful in how he conveyed his unhappiness to the White House is unclear.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, also released a statement today endorsing an independent investigation and referenced an April 21 interview with NBC's Chuck Todd in which he "bemoaned the politicization" of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation.

US intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to disrupt the election that included hacking into Democratic Party emails and leaking them, with the aim of helping Republican Trump. "They still haven't given us anybody; we can't even reach anybody to ask".

Senator Richard Burr, the Republican committee chairman, said: "I found him (Director Comey) to be one of the most ethical, upright, straightforward individuals I have had the opportunity to work with". His dismissal of a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, who subpoenaed the White House for the president's tapes marked the beginning of the end of his presidency. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense...

One wrinkle, though. Trump might not be the only player here who has contemporaneous documentation of what happened in his meetings with the director. That much has been confirmed by USA intelligence agencies.

  • Larry Hoffman