Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Comey asked to appear before Senate intel panel


President Trump's sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday was almost unprecedented.

"It's true that both Republicans and Democrats have had their criticisms - often strong criticisms - about Director Comey". For more than a week, Dawsey writes, Trump "weighed firing" Comey because, according to two advisers, "he had grown enraged by the Russian Federation investigation" - not the Clinton email case.

"Over the past year, however, the FBIs reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice".

During remarks on the Senate floor, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, "I hope the majority leader agrees with me that we need to get to the bottom of this ... and get a handle on all of the facts so that we can grapple with them".

Last October, then candidate Trump praised Comey's work at a campaign rally in MI.

Rosenstein is the highest official involved in the Russian investigation, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself. I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed.

King said that he had known, and had dealings, with Mr. Comey for a number of years, "primarily in my capacity as a member of the Homeland Security Committee and the Intelligence Committee".

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- Will the demands for a special prosecutor now become too loud to ignore?

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. He served in the tax and the public integrity divisions and as an assistant USA attorney in Maryland before becoming the state's US attorney. "And we know that Trump was not being investigated". "He should be the one who is investigated for his acts".

The president also labelled as "fake news" reports that his former advisor Roger Stone - who is under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny for its Russian election interference probe - was among those who recommended firing Comey.

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.

Organizers say the protests are just getting started and the pressure will continue until an independent investigation is underway. Democrats are now appealing to him to restore faith in the USA criminal justice system. The American people are not going to accept anyone who is simply a stooge of the President.

Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, said, "It was probably time for Comey to go".

She also denied allegations that the White House had asked Mr Sessions and Mr Rosenstein to write their letters as an excuse for Mr Comey's firing.

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