Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The White House is furious at Russian Federation over this photo

In public testimony Thursday, the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Andrew McCabe, contradicted White House statements about why Comey was dismissed, particularly the assertion that Comey had lost the confidence of the organization.

The president sat down today with NBC News' Lester Holt, who asked about how Trump's decision came to fruition.

"Oh, I was gonna fire regardless of [the] recommendation", the president said.

"Frankly, he'd been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, meanwhile, has disagreed with the White House suggestion that it's a low priority of the FBI to investigate the Russian interference. In pressing Sanders, Karl cited Trump's assertion that he has always been determined to fire Comey, even before receiving a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein this week.

Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the committee chairman, responded to Trump's comments by saying, "I found [Comey] to be one of the most ethical, upright, straightforward individuals I've had the opportunity to work with".

Meanwhile, in a farewell letter circulated among Comey friends and colleagues and was posted online by CNN, Comey said he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or the "way it was executed".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is at the Pentagon these days fulfilling his duty as a Naval reservist, an obligation that has kept him from the briefing room lectern for what is easily the Trump administration's most harrowing crisis.

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Still, Trump maintained, "I know I am not under investigation". She was asked by Jonathan Karl of ABC News whether it was improper for the president to ask the FBI director if he was under investigation.

In a memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Mr Rosenstein said he could not defend Mr Comey's "refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken" in the way he handled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

Moscow has dismissed all allegations of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as "absurd".

President Trump said in a tweet on Thursday that Russian Federation is laughing at the US because of the Democratic party's obsession with Russian Federation - but President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov don't appear to be paying much attention.

A majority of likely voters also believe allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the presidential election is a serious issue, and Comey's firing makes them less confident in the prospect of a fair investigation.

Democrats have not obliged, however. The deputy attorney general now finds himself in the crosshairs only two weeks after being confirmed by the Senate.

"Here in Pennsylvania we know all too well the damage done when people lose faith in the justice system", Shapiro said, adding that "no one is above the law".

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