White House connects Comey firing, 'conclusion' of Russian Federation probe

Kristopher Drake
May 15, 2017

The stories, published before Trump's interview, said Trump had already chose to fire Comey before he directed Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain the case against Federal Bureau of Investigation director in writing.

The president is considering 11 people to replace Mr Comey, a White House official said.

Sanders said Thursday that Trump would "love nothing more for this investigation to continue to its completion". "The FBI has been in turmoil. I had several conversations with him, but I didn't ask that question directly: 'Had you already made that decision?' I went off of the information that I had when I answered your question".

The dinner came in the early days of Trump's administration, as the FBI was investigating Russian meddling in the election and possible ties to Trump's campaign.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election, USA intelligence agencies concluded in January, aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

"I actually asked him, yes".

In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump also responded to media reports questioning the credibility of White House statements on the Comey firing, which have changed over the course of the week. "And that's what we want for the FBI", Trump said.

"I was going to fire Comey". McCabe said that Comey's firing will not hinder it.

Leaders of the U.S. intelligence agencies, including director of national intelligence Dan Coats and CIA chief Mike Pompeo, on Thursday testified that they agreed with that finding.

The president tweeted early Friday that "Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election". Russian Federation denies the claims.

Nick Ackerman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY and an assistant Watergate prosecutor, told MSNBC that the situation reminds him of Watergate and makes him wonder if Trump recorded Comey or if the president is trying to intimidate him by implying he has a tape.

"I think in many ways our institutions are under assault externally, and that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is also a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air".

"He said, 'you are not under investigation, '" Mr Trump claimed, repeating an assertion he first made as he announced Mr Comey's firing.

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