Trump Says He Planned To Fire 'Grandstander' Comey 'Regardless Of Recommendation'

Olive Rios
May 13, 2017

Many members, mostly Democrats, have also been calling for an independent special prosecutor to investigate possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation. "Were you angry with James Comey when he went public and said he can't support your unsubstantiated charges of wiretapping that your predecessor wiretapped you?" asked Holt.

"I want to find out if there was a problem in the election having to do with Russia", Trump said, adding, "If Russia did anything, I want to know that". "He's not. He's a show boater", Trump said. CBS Evening News, citing a source who has spoken with Comey, said on Twitter that Comey hopes there are "lots of tapes".

THE FBI is in trouble and must be protected - from the White House, first and foremost.

Trump maintains Comey told him that he was not under investigation, but McCabe suggested under questioning that was highly improbable. Comey was tasked by his fellow intelligence directors to also pull Trump aside and inform him about a secret dossier suggesting that Russian Federation might have collected compromising information about him.

"It's shocking to the conscience". "And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen".

The alleged leaks follow Comey's May 3 testimony in which he steadfastly denied aiding in leaks to the news media regarding the FBI's investigations into alleged Russian interference or the Clinton email probe.

Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he has had with Trump.

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Richard Durbin, slammed the President after Friday's tweets, telling MSNBC that the President is "dangerous because he may be obstructing justice in terms of the investigation. and secondly his credibility has been destroyed".

May 10, 2017 - Trump tweets that Comey had lost everybody's confidence, adding that he aims to "bring back the spirit and prestige of the FBI".

The president tweeted, "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" Trump said. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

In one of the more dramatic exchanges, he was asked whether the investigation was - as White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained Wednesday - a small investigation in relation to the other work the FBI is conducting. However, on Friday, the New York Time newspaper cited two aides of Comey's who said that Trump had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to make a pledge of loyalty in January.

Asked by Holt about the White House's initial story that he fired Comey because of a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump said, "I was gonna fire him regardless of the recommendation".

"I want that to be so strong and so good".

McCabe, a career FBI agent who ran the Washington field office and oversaw national security investigations out of headquarters, was a target of Trump's on the campaign trail following reports that his wife had accepted campaign donations from a close ally of Hillary Clinton during a failed bid for the state Senate.

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