White House Official Says Administration Was 'Tricked' by Russian News Agency

Olive Rios
May 14, 2017

The president told NBC he had personally asked Mr Comey whether he was under investigation - an admission that could expose the president to allegations of interfering with the ongoing FBI probe.

May 10, 2017 - Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump was considering firing Comey "since the day he was elected".

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Rosenstein protested to White House Counsel Don McGahn that he was bearing the brunt of the blame for Comey's firing, when in fact Trump had made up his mind before Rosenstein got involved. The president met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Mr. Rosenstein on Monday, and by Tuesday, the memo had been produced and the deed done.

Days before he was sacked, Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation, USA officials have said, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency. Administration officials suggested that the decision originated with Rod Rosenstein, the newly minted deputy attorney general, but this, too, strained belief.

NBC's Holt also asked Trump about any business ties he might have with Russian interests.

He also said he would refrain from discussing the investigation with the White House, pledged to report to the committee any efforts to interfere in it and said the dismissal of the director would do nothing to impede the probe.

That they went ahead and fired Comey anyway means no one in the West Wing knows the first thing about communications, and no one in the West Wing can reason with the commander-in-chief.

In a memorandum to Sessions, Rosenstein wrote that over the past year, "the FBI's reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice". Let's just say no one-save for reliable friends like Fox News and the alt-right riffraff who cheer every breath out of either end of Trump-are hailing Comey's dismissal.

October 12, 2016 - Trump promises to investigate FBI's investigation into Clinton's e-mail usage: "And furthermore we are going to investigate this phony investigation".

'I don't see that as a conflict of interest and neither do the many legal scholars and others that have been commenting on it for the last hour, ' Sanders said.

At another point, Sanders said, "I don't think there was ever an attempt to the pin the decision on the deputy attorney general".

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.

Trump on Thursday retweeted a December message from O'Donnell that read "FIRE COMEY".

Donald Trump has dismissed James Comey as a "showboat" and "grandstander" in an extraordinary outburst against the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Trump told NBC News on Thursday that Comey is "a showboat, he's a grandstander".

Born in Philadelphia - where he attended the city's Wharton school, Trump's alma mater, before studying law at Harvard - Rosenstein is seen as a hard-hitting straight-shooter, despite his mild, nearly forgettable appearance. "People in the Justice Department made a very strong recommendation, the president followed it".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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