Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Senate aides: Comey has declined to testify before Intelligence Committee

Senate aides: Comey has declined to testify before Intelligence Committee

Party leaders said Trump was right to fire Comey, or at least that he had a right to do it.

In the termination letter to Comey, Trump thanked him for telling the president "three times" that he personally is not under investigation for collusion with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign.

-Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia.

Politicians from both parties reprimanded Mr Trump's actions last week, which included shifting explanations from the White House for Mr Comey's dismissal and an ominous tweet by Mr Trump that warned Mr Comey against leaks to the press because he may have "tapes" of their conversations.

Goldberg, who grew up in NY, said he understood Trump's style of governing.

January 27, 2017: At a one-on-one dinner at the White House, Trump asks Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president and Comey declines, according to a person close to Comey, speaking after the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was sacked.

"No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines explaining why it can't be done", Trump said.

May 3, 2017: Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey insists he was consistent in his handling of the separate investigations into Clinton and Trump.

Next, Trump said that "this thing with Russian Federation is a made-up story", nearly an explicit admission that Comey was sacked because Trump wanted an end to the FBI's investigation of Russia's interference in the U.

Comey agrees to testify before Senate intelligence committee
The White House has struggled to explain the chain of events that led to Mr Comey's firing and exactly who made the decision. Now, he'll have the opportunity to talk not just about Russian Federation investigation, but why Trump fired him.

Finally, in his interview on NBC News with anchor Lester Holt, Trump contradicted his entire team's talking points of the previous two days, and told Holt that Comey was a "showboat" and a "grandstander", that he "was going to fire him" anyway, and that he had made his decision before reading the Rosenstein letter. He then saw CNN reporting that he was sacked and realized it was true. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. Laura Ingraham tweeted that the reporting was "false", while Hugh Hewitt said Comey's successor was what mattered.

-Former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI, who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Now, Trump and his White House advisers argue that Comey's removal could lengthen the Russian Federation investigation.

Asked three times about Trump's tweet indicating that he had "taped" his conversation with Comey over dinner, Spicer refused to deny the specifics of the message.

Calling Trump's remarks about possible taped conversations "outrageous", Sen.

Mr Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Mr Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.

"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future press briefings and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy", he continued.

A look at key moments in Comey's tenure, the lead-up to Trump's decision to fire him and developments since then. "All I want is for Comey to be honest".

But the blowback from Comey's firing left the White House reeling once again. During the transition, Trump's advisers floated the idea of moving the media from the White House to the nearby Executive Office Building to accommodate media interest. The initial contenders they will see are acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, former Justice Department official Alice Fisher and Michael Garcia, a former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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