Only 29% approve of President Trump firing James Comey

Elias Hubbard
May 15, 2017

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on his Republican colleagues to denounce Comey's firing and join calls for a special prosecutor to handle the investigation into alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer warned that destroying any tapes would break the law.

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

Democrats have accused Trump of attempting to thwart the FBI's probe and have called for some type of independent inquiry into the matter. Initially, they said that Trump's decision had nothing to do with the Russian Federation probe and was based entirely upon the recommendation of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and attorney general Jeff Sessions.

"Who else can you say that about?"

Mr Schumer told CNN that if any tapes existed "the president should turn them over immediately".

Trump is "frustrated, and angry at everyone", one source told Axios, and said that the president is also upset with Cabinet officials, like commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, attorney general Jeff Sessions, and health and human services secretary Tom Price.

As President Donald Trump's decision to abruptly fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey continues to dominate the news, Wallace said he wanted to feature a White House official "to explain the president's reasoning and to discuss the fallout".

"It's in the interest of the American people, it's in the interest of Russian Federation and the rest of the world that we do something to see if we can not improve the relationship between the two greatest nuclear powers in the world", Tillerson said.

Eleven people are reportedly being considered for the position, which requires confirmation in the Senate, and interviews began on Saturday.

And 38% of respondents believe Trump's decision was motivated by Comey's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

Some people under consideration include acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, New York Appeals Court Judge Michael Garcia and former Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, according to a White House official.

Democrats say they may try to block Trump's nominee, whomever it might be; at least one leading Republican and many Democrats are saying the appointee shouldn't be a political figure.

"The key is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us", Mr Schumer said.

Respondents also had starkly different views on who should be tasked with investigating Russia's involvement in the November election: 78% wanted an independent commission or special prosecutor, and only 15% wanted a Congress-led probe.

Mr Graham said there may come a time when a special prosecutor was needed, but not now.

"Right now, it is a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation".

"You can't be cute about tapes", Graham said. "(Prime Minister) Nawaz (Sharif) has the same thought process as the Americans when it comes to waging wars", the former President said while addressing a rally in Peshawar.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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