Sanders: Trump fired Comey to 'kill inquiries' into Trump, Russia ties
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed President Trump Tuesday for firing FBI director James Comey, calling his decision "deeply troubling" and suggesting that the president is attempting to sway the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. "Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding," Sanders said in a statement.
Analysis : For Donald Trump , firing James Comey turns the annoying noise of Russia allegations into the loudest clamor in the capital. Analysis : Donald Trump 's decision to fire James Comey means the campaign won ' t end .
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday accused James B. Comey , the fired F.B.I. director, of lying under oath to Congress, saying he would gladly provide sworn testimony disputing Mr. Comey ’s charge that the president forced him out because of his handling of the investigation into the Trump
WASHINGTON — The 2016 campaign apparently isn't over yet.
Elizabeth Warren Gets Bold: ‘Comey Was Fired Because of the Russians’
During an appearance on MSNBC, Senator Elizabeth Warren made her opinion of Donald Trump firing James Comey very clear.Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Comey was not fired because of Hillary. Comey was fired because of the Russians” https://t.
WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey , to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump ’s former national security adviser, Michael T . Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
Supported by. News Analysis . WASHINGTON — In dramatically casting aside James B. Comey , President Trump fired the man who may have helped make him president — and the man who potentially most threatened the future of his presidency.
Six months after Election Day, President Trump's stunning decision tothrust questions about the campaign that put Trump in the White House back at center stage. Democrats and a handful of Republicans are pressing demands that a special prosecutor be appointed to pursue an independent investigation into Russian meddling in the election, including whether Trump associates colluded with them.
Now the issue of what Moscow did and who may have helped — for months an annoying background noise for Trump — has become the loudest clamor in the capital. The president's action, taken after tweets dismissing the investigation and demanding it be shut down, has ignited a firestorm of criticism, drawn comparisons to Richard Nixon, and sparked talk of a constitutional crisis. At least for now, it is likely to complicate and delay the administration's governing agenda, from health care to tax cuts.
Comey fired for intensifying investigation of Trump, Russia ties: report
A source says former FBI director James Comey was fired by President Trump for two reasons: refusing to offer personal loyalty to Trump, and the FBI's intensifying investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.The source, a person close to Comey, shared the two reasons with CNN Wednesday.The source, a person close to Comey, shared the two reasons with CNN Wednesday. The information contradicts the reasoning for Comey's firing as explained by the Trump administration.
Comey gave Trump assurances about investigation, but questions remain ANALYSIS : Comey On May 9, Trump fired Comey from his position as FBI director after receiving letters recommending he do so from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Trump said that Comey told him “on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.” And as a consequence, I was not aware of the counterintelligence investigation Director Comey first referred Analysis : Donald Trump 's decision to fire James Comey means the campaign won ' t end .
What it will not do is squelch the appetite for investigation.
If anything, scrutiny now expands to include the decision to fire Comey. And critics note that Trump already haswho happened to be involved in potentially troublesome investigations — former acting attorney general Sally Yates, an Obama administration holdover who had reported concerns about Flynn to the Trump White House, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, another holdover whose investigations touched Trump associates.
"EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of Comey firing. Period," Bharara tweeted Tuesday night. He was quoting Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.
Trump: Comey ‘should have never exonerated’ Clinton
Trump added Comey gave him "good moments" as a presidential candidate."No, what happened, he had a lot of pressure put on and he exonerated her," he said Friday on "NBC Nightly News." "Should have never exonerated her.
A timeline of events that led up to President Donald Trump abruptly firing FBI Director James Comey in the midst of the agency's investigation into whether Trump 's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election. (May 10) AP.
President Donald Trump asked James Comey to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a request documented in a memo written by the former FBI director, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The reactions range from agreement to dismay in light of the multiple controversies surrounding the Trump administration - chief among them, the inquiry into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election. Comey had been leading that investigation on behalf of the FBI.
Bipartisan investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia are ongoing in the House and Senate.
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The fury of the reaction seemed to surprise the White House, given Democrats' criticism of Comey for his public accounts of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State. Clinton herself last weekfor costing her the White House.
After Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters he wondered whether investigations into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia were "getting too close for the president," Trump derided him as "Cryin' Chuck Schumer."
"The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!" he. He retweeted a link to a Drudge Report story headlined, "10 SCANDALS ON DIRECTOR'S WATCH." The president predicted that "Republican and Democrat alike" eventually "will be thanking me."
Still, in one more sign that the White House may be misjudging the optics involved, the president was scheduled to meet at the White House Wednesday morning.
Comey willing to testify, but only in public: report
James Comey declined an invitation to speak to a Senate panel in a closed-door session next week.Comey declined an invitation to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed door session next week.
Mr. Comey ’s testimony forced Mr. Trump ’s supporters into the uncomfortable position of drawing a distinction And he portrayed Mr. Comey as part of a stealth campaign to undermine Mr. Trump . Though Mr. Comey told Mr. Trump three times that he was not under investigation, he said others at
Sources: Trump asked to end Flynn investigation 02:10. (CNN) The reporting coming out of The raise questions about the appropriateness of the interactions between the Trump campaign and Trump has also acknowledged that he directly asked Comey whether he was under investigation and
"It's time to move on," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News.
That's not likely to happen.
After the rockiest opening months of any modern president, and the lowest approval ratings, Trump on Day 110 created his biggest controversy to date. Comey is just the second FBI director ever to be fired. (William Sessions was the first, ousted by Bill Clinton after allegations of financial improprieties.) Trump is the first president to fire a law-enforcement official investigating him since Richard Nixon ordered aides to fire Archibald Cox, the special Watergate prosecutor.
"Nixon, in his memoirs, said that the 'firestorm' that met the Saturday Night Massacre was the first glimpse that he had of how the acid of Watergate had eaten away at his presidency, and eroded his powers," says John Farrell, author of an acclaimed new biography, Nixon: A Life. "It is conceivable that Americans have become so cynical as to shrug all this off, as Trump hopes, but I tend to believe that this ongoing drip, drip, drip will have a corrosive effect on the Trump presidency, similar to that of Watergate on Nixon."
In 1974, Nixon would resign in the face of impeachment. The Nixon Library and Museum posted a wry tweet Tuesday night: "FUN FACT: President Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI #FBIDirector #notNixonian."
Sanders on Comey memo: 'Now more than ever we need a special prosecutor'
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday renewed calls for a special prosecutor to examine any ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian officials during the presidential election.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday renewed calls for a special prosecutor to examine any ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian officials during the presidential election.
Comey 's comments and his new book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," are fueling a combustible moment in Washington that could become a constitutional In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, former FBI director James Comey calls Donald Trump "morally unfit" to be president.
WASHINGTON — President Trump offered a new version of his decision to fire James B. Comey , saying on Thursday that he would have dismissed the F.B.I. director regardless of whether the attorney general and his deputy recommended it.
Comey was ‘disgusted’ by hug with Trump .
A friend of James Comey said Thursday that the former FBI director was "disgusted" when President Trump hugged him at a White House event earlier this year, calling it an "intentional attempt to compromise [Comey] in public."Brookings Institution fellow Benjamin Wittes, a close friend of Comey, recounted the incident on PBS "NewsHour" Thursday. According to Wittes, Comey was "disgusted" when Trump gave Comey a hug during a White House v isit for a ceremony honoring law enforcement officials that worked Trump's inauguration.