During a special segment on CNN Wednesday, Jake Tapper reacted to the "alarming, breathtaking, stunning report" that Donald Trump's Deputy Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein threatened to quit after the White House "hung the entire justification" for firing former FBI Director James Comey on him. Republican leaders brushed off idea as unnecessary.
At least 12 Republican senators expressed concern with Comey's dismissal by Trump, especially why the decision was made now. I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. When Cox, the special prosecutor, subpoenaed Nixon for copies of White House tapes, the President ordered that he be fired.
But even without the torrent of leaks from within, Trump's motives would be comically obvious: witness that freaky aside, in his letter to Comey, to the effect that Comey had "on three separate occasions" informed him that he was not personally under investigation.
But, in general, I think there's - the mood is down at the Federal Bureau of Investigation right now.
Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the president showed "strong and decisive" leadership and that the dismissal had nothing to do with the Russian investigation. He said "serious doubts" had been cast on Rosenstein's impartiality.
Failure to do so, he said, means, "Every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up". He said there was no need for a special prosecutor.
"The timing of this and the reasoning for it doesn't make sense to me", said Sen. "It's not something I should comment on", he said in 2004.
Democrats have been virtually unanimous in their call for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Russian interference in the United States election and alleged links between the Trump election campaign team and the Kremlin.
A DOJ spokesman said in an email that Sessions' recommendation that Comey be dismissed wasn't related to any investigation.
Paulsen says it calls for an independent investigation that American people can trust.
"Very simply, he was not doing a good job", Mr. Trump repeated. The Senate judiciary committee is also actively probing the allegations. Until Democrats engage, "it doesn't change things at all", he said.
Trump, South Korea's Moon agree to cooperate on North Korea
Equity traders largely brushed off another warning from the North that it will carry out a sixth nuclear test. It was the first such "track two" dialogue between the USA and North Korea since Trump took office.
Democrats met privately to plot their response.
"In terms of whether or not attorney general sessions should have a role, look, the FBI is doing a whole lot more than the Russian Federation investigation", Sanders said.
"I still have confidence right now", she said. But the White House's email system was running slowly. A spokesman for Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the Democratic whip, said the repeated objections were on goal.
The House is on recess this week, and its four top Republican leaders were publicly silent about Comey's removal.
But before the interview, Ryan met with business leaders in OH to kick off a public push for their plan as the focus in the House - at least for the time being - shifts from health care to taxes.
Senate Republicans sought to portray a business-as-usual attitude.
Manchin, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Comey is scheduled to appear before the committee next Tuesday.
"My committee has got the jurisdictional responsibility to investigate this".
"Where are we going, and what's our direction, and are we going to be politicized?" The North Carolina Republican maintained that he has questions about the Comey firing and that it complicates his task, but argued that it will still be done.
"There are those voices inside, but I think he still enjoyed broad support and great respect by the workforce", Hosko said.
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