13 May, 2017
The acting chief of the FBI contradicted the White House on several points concerning FBI Director James Comey's abrupt firing, as he testified in a highly anticipated Senate hearing.
In the NBC interview, Trump repeated his assertion that Comey three times assured him he was not under investigation. "You know that, I know that, everybody knows that". Hours after Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer blamed Rosenstein for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's dismissal. Trump says the firing was entirely his decision, and here's why.
"I have heard that directly from him that information was relayed directly to him from director Comey", she said. Just humor me for a moment and turn that one around, because the first rule of Trumpspeak is that whatever he says is usually the opposite of the reality of the situation, and he's often actually talking about himself.
Adding further fuel to our highway of burning cars is the fact that Trump is also now doubling down on his weird dismissal letter to Comey. McCabe didn't miss a beat: "Sir, we consider it to be a highly significant investigation".
It was unclear whether word of the Comey request, put to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, ever made its way to Trump.
McCabe vowed no letup in the investigation.
Three officials said Mr Comey had recently asked Mr Rosenstein for more manpower to help with the Russian Federation investigation. He told aides there was "something wrong with" Comey, the Times reported.
"I said, "If it is possible, would you let me know [if] I am under investigation"?" Jeff Flake (R-AZ). "You tend to get siloed when you have different investigations going on".
Ultimately, the White House will face more criticism and backlash on matters of process than about the long-overdue firing itself. "I think there will be a concerted effort to respond over time in kind".
Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he had with Trump. They're also curious to learn about "any other constraints that might limit the FBI in conducting a thorough investigation".
McCabe said at the hearing that the bureau has adequate resources to carry out the investigation.
The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to its investigation into Russia's election meddling.
The topic of the May 11 panel was scheduled to be "worldwide threats", and panel speakers include heads of major US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and National Security Agency. Moscow has denied any such interference and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russian Federation. The FBI director's dismissal has shown once again that Trump is a great president. A letter from Rosenstein was then cited by Trump as the recommendation that saw Comey fired.
After saying Wednesday that "countless" agents lost confidence in Comey, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday morning there was a "near uprising" among agents, speaking on 'CBS This Morning'. Warner said he was offended at Trump's remarks.
Former Republican congressman Mike Rogers is being considered as a candidate to replace Comey, a senior White House official said. And with Senate rules only requiring a simple majority to confirm presidential nominees, Democrats can't reject anyone without Republican votes.