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20 May 2017, 08:01 | Terri Saunders
Comey will certainly be asked about encounters that precipitated his firing, including a January dinner in which, Comey has told associates, Trump asked for his loyalty.
Meanwhile, Trump says he's very close to selecting a new FBI Director, and has indicated a preference for former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman.
That day, Comey's attempt to make like a leaf mantis or Hamlet failed, and probably turned out worse than he expected: Trump spotted him, blew him a kiss and beckoned him over for a handshake. But Trump later changed this account.
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The Twitter messages were a departure from the more measured tone of a formal statement issued Wednesday night by the White House. Others are already considering leaving, and allies due to join the administration say they are holding off.
The Justice Department on Friday released the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.
Trump said at a news conference Thursday that he had thought firing Comey would be a popular action, and that his decision was at least party based on Comey's "poor performance" in testifying before Congress a few weeks earlier.
"Just came out of the House briefing by the Deputy AG", Rep. Seth Moulton tweeted on Friday. "This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration".
Asked if Rosenstein said why he assumed Comey would be fired, Hudson said, "he didn't".
The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and the Justice Department's involvement in that decision. Trump praised that decision at the time, though, saying it "took a lot of guts". "My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination", he said.
"I wrote it. I believe it. I believe it. I stand by it".
In the memo, Rosenstein wrote that Comey had been fired for poor handling of the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton, namely Comey's announced days before the Presidential election that the case had been reopened.
"Rosenstein testimony to Senate was profoundly disturbing", Sen. And that the reason behind Comey's dismissal was how irritated Trump had become over ... the Russian Federation investigation.
Trump, combative and complaining, fell short Thursday in trying to resolve investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.
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