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Congressional Officials: Comey Sought More Resources for Russia Probe Before Firing

Ben Pena | 11 May, 2017, 22:49

Former FBI director James Comey said in a farewell letter to colleagues that he will "be fine", and won't dwell on how he was sacked by President Donald Trump, CNN reported on Wednesday (May 10).

Before he met with Trump, Lavrov appeared to mock the kerfuffle over Comey's firing.

Sessions - who previously recused himself from the Russian investigation, but then recommended the firing of the chief investigator into that investigation - was interviewing candidates Wednesday to replace Comey.

The acting director would serve until Congress confirms a permanent director, which could take some time given bipartisan angst over Comey's firing. Comey was stepping up the FBi investigation into that connection just days before he was sacked.

"I think there will be a concerted effort to respond over time in kind", the unnamed official said.

Trump came to believe that he couldn't trust Comey while the Federal Bureau of Investigation looked into suspected Russian interference in the election, the Times reported. He griped about Comey for several days, including in late-night calls from the White House residence. He added that the ongoing investigations by the FBI and the intelligence committees in the House and Senate "are the way to go".

Trump made that case earlier in the day on Twitter, writing that Comey had lost the confidence of "everyone in Washington".

Sanders said the White House wanted the FBI probe - and parallel congressional investigations - to continue and to wrap up their work.

"I think this made our task a little more hard but it didn't make it impossible so we'll continue", Burr added of the Comey firing. "Any person of legal mind and authority knows what a big deal that is". "Very simply, he was not doing a good job". Clinton named a replacement the next day.

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"To a president obsessed with loyalty, Mr. Comey was a rogue operator who could not be trusted as the FBI investigated Russian ties to Mr. Trump's campaign", The Times reported.

"Schumer called on Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold closed and potentially classified briefings with all senators to question the top Justice Department officials, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein".

The White House has insisted that Comey was sacked for making "missteps and mistakes" unrelated to the Russian Federation investigation, which Trump has called "a hoax".

"Donald Trump just fired the one man in America who was leading the most thorough and long-lasting investigation of Donald Trump", Jo Comerford, campaign director for MoveOn.org, said in a statement.

By the end of the evening, a Senate committee had subpoenaed documents from former national security adviser Michael Flynn - and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House oversight committtee, had asked for a probe into the Comey firing.

Pelosi said the "fireworks at the Department of Justice demand that we remove the investigation from the Trump-appointed Justice Department leadership".

Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation with ties to the White House.

Mr Comey addressed friends and staff in a widely-reported letter on Wednesday, in which he stated his belief that Mr Trump, as president, had a right to fire him irrespective of the circumstances. Many Democrats believe that his announcement that he was re-opening the probe 11 days before the November 8 election cost Clinton the presidency.

Soon after receiving the letter, Trump dismissed Comey. "I hope you won't either".

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