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Donald Trump Accuses James Comey Of 'Spying' After Firing Him

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The New York Times has published an open letter calling on Rosenstein to make the appointment.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is one of 20 state attorneys general who haved signed a letter questioning the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's firing and calling for a special prosecutor for the probe of ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials. If he did not believe that Comey was being fired because of his advised actions regarding Hillary Clinton during the campaign, then he should not have provided that cover.

Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.

By contrast, many of McConnell's Republican colleagues have begun disentangling their party from a presidency that is likely to end in a train wreck. "Me personally. I'm not talking about campaign, or anything else".

"I don't know if there was collusion or not", Clapper said during an interview Friday with MSNBC. "I want that to be so strong and so good and I want it to happen", he said.

Three U.S. officials said Comey recently asked Rosenstein for more manpower to help with the Russian Federation investigation. Sen. It is one of the reasons news stories move so quickly today. The Comey firing story is a ideal example. Comey's associates have denied that account to multiple media outlets.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he had already made a decision to fire ousted FBI Director James Comey before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote up a formal recommendation to do so.

Mr Trump's sudden firing of Comey shocked Washington and plunged Mr Trump deeper into a controversy over his campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation that has dogged the early days of his presidency. "My decision", Trump also said.

46 percent of respondents thought Trump acted because of Comey's involvement in the inquiry into Russian Federation, a suggestion the White House has denied.

Trump advisers said the president met with Rosenstein, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on Monday after learning that they were at the White House for other meetings.

The firing has stoked charges of a coverup and again raised the questions, why, if Trump has nothing to hide, does he act so guilty? But the press was openly doubting in both print and television reporting.

Lester Holt was fully prepared, and asked all the key questions.

April 12, 2017 - Speaking to United States network Fox, Trump says "it's not too late" to fire Comey.

When Pirro asked about White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who had been absent all week from press conferences before resurfacing on Friday, Trump defended him.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he sees no need for a new investigation, and that a special prosecutor would only slow down the progress already being made by Congress and the intelligence community.

If, as Trump claimed in his letter, he fired Comey because of his misconduct during the Clinton email investigation, that would be perfectly legal. In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation, is a made up story. First, it undercut his staff and Vice President Pence's explanation. Cause all it is, is an excuse but I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation but I have to do the right thing for the American people. This, for example, is Mr Trump telling TIME magazine what it's like being president.

Former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is reportedly on Trump's list to replace Comey.

Mr Trump's comments came shortly after he hosted Russia's top diplomat at the White House, in his highest-level Kremlin encounter since taking office.

The story of Trump's firing FBI Director Comey is still reverberating, and will not come to rest anytime soon.

The White House rejected the suggestion that the exchange was inappropriate. A large majority of Democrats agree with this narrative, with 67 percent saying this is why Comey was sacked. He said that Comey was a "showboat" and that he had been thinking of firing him for some time.

Trump's characterisation was at odds with that of the top Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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