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20 May 2017, 09:30 | Terri Saunders
Russian Federation ridicules U.S. reaction to Comey's firing
"The president has nothing further to add on that", he said, adding that he didn't think it was a threat.
Reporting based on extensive White House sources indicates Trump actually fired Comey because he was becoming increasingly enraged with the Russian Federation investigation, at times yelling at television coverage of the probe, and complaining that no-one was defending him. CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.
The New York Times reported that Trump pressed Comey for a pledge of loyalty over dinner only a week after his inauguration, according to an account by two associates of the lawman. And while Trump praised chief of staff Reince Priebus after the House passed a health care bill last week, associates say the president has continued to raise occasional questions about Priebus' leadership in the West Wing.
He explained that Trump was "dismayed" that at press briefings, "we see time and time again" how the media is trying to "parse every word".
"I actually asked him, yes", Trump told Holt.
Senate Intel Committee Ranking Member Mark Warner said he's hoping to hear from Comey in the "not-to-distant future".
Former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper on May 8 said Russian Federation launched "cyber operations" against the Democratic and Republican parties during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Any nominee to replace Comey will confront cross-currents between Trump's insistence on loyalty and demands for a commitment to independence - both from senators whose votes he or she will need for confirmation and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation rank and file. He's viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Bannon and Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press.
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While many details remain unverified, several former DOJ officials and FBI agents told TPM that it would be a serious violation of protocol for Trump to ask Comey if he was under investigation.
Trump then went on to suggest scrapping the traditional White House briefings that have existed in some form since the Woodrow Wilson administration nearly a century ago.
Start with the embarrassing over the potentially criminal: Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other administration figures stood before the American people and said repeatedly that in firing FBI Director James Comey, Trump was merely following the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "Then he gets to the end and he said she's free as a bird", Trump said. "I think the Senate majority leader thinks that's a fantastic idea", Holmes said. Comey declined to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee; Rosenstein could still address the full Senate. The deputy attorney general was reportedly chagrined that the White House attempted to pin Comey's firing on him.
"If any future prosecution is brought in the Russian Federation investigation, those statements could be used against the government".
Trump came to value personal allegiance above almost any other quality as he persevered through his business, financial, and political battles as a NY real estate developer, longtime associates say. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans said they approve of Comey's dismissal, with 8 percent signaling disapproval and 33 percent with no opinion.
Reportedly, Trump had sought assurances of loyalty from Comey, which Comey rightly refused to give.
It was unclear whether Mr Trump's reference to "tapes" suggested there might be secret recordings of conversations that could be used to challenge any statements by Mr Comey, or whether it was simply a way of warding him off from commenting.
Others under consideration include Michael Luttig, executive vice president of Boeing and a former federal appellate court judge; Michael Garcia, a NY state Court of Appeals associate judge; John Suthers, mayor of Colorado Springs, Colo., Paul Abbate, an FBI executive assistant director; and McCabe, the acting director, the official said.
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