Bennett on Comey Firing: Democrats Acting Like 'The Sky Is Falling'

12 May, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Glen Fletcher

The TV in the background flashed the news that he had been fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey was addressing a group of employees in Los Angeles.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez rallies with protesters against US President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, outside the White House. Sessions' involvement in recommending Comey's dismissal may have violated this pledge.

"I think it's probably time for Comey to go".

Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election will continue to be investigated, Ryan assured viewers. The Senate must put politics aside to make sure Comey's replacement is no puppet of the president.

In a heated press conference, the White House's press representative said the administration saw no need for a prosecutor. He said there has been no interference so far. McCabe said it is not standard FBI practice to tell someone he or she is or isn't under investigation. "Been too politicized. And the president has every authority under the constitution to terminate the director of the FBI", Blum said.

As commentators on cable TV called Trump's move an abuse of power, the president was startled and infuriated by how his action was being received, according to a person with knowledge of his reaction.

"The bottom line is any investigation that was happening on Monday is still happening today", she said.

Trump said he was meeting with Kissinger to talk "about Russian Federation and various other matters". Despite calls for a special counsel, Republican leaders are not budging.

As recently as last week, the White House had said Comey had Trump's confidence. "(T) he FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department".

"I think that Director Comey has shown over the last several months, and frankly, the previous year, a lot of missteps and mistakes", she added.

A majority of Americans say they are concerned about Russia's interference in the USA contest, as well as the possibility that the president or his campaign team had inappropriate campaign contacts with Russian Federation.

Outraged Democrats called for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia's election interference, and a handful of prominent Republican senators left open that possibility.

The problem for the White House is Trump's firing raises the spectre that he might have acted deliberately in order to obstruct justice.

Trump will now appoint a successor at the FBI, which has been investigating since late July, and who will nearly certainly have an impact on how the investigation moves forward and whether the public will accept its outcome.

A spokeswoman claimed it was over Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. But Mr Rosenstein's own role in the firing became increasingly murky on Wednesday.

"We know that there are subpoenas being requested in the Eastern District of Virginia, and that this investigation has been going on", Feinstein told reporters.

According to United States media reports, Comey told lawmakers within the past few days he had asked the justice department to make additional resources available - mainly more staffing - for the Russian Federation probe.

The president fired Comey the following day. The White House informed Comey by sending him an email with several documents, including Rosenstein's memo.

It's unclear whether Rosenstein was aware his report would be used to justify the director's ouster.

Vice President Mike Pence talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol.

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