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Even the White House's timeline for Trump firing James Comey is suspicious

12 Mai 2017

"I can not comment on any conversations that the Director may have had with the president", McCabe said.

Democratic leaders in Congress on May 10 stepped up calls for a special prosecutor to handle the Russian Federation investigation, in light of the White House's removal of Comey. Comey." Since Comey's firing, he added, "they PRETEND to be aggrieved.

And despite Trump's dismissal of suggestions his team colluded with Moscow as "fake news", it had become increasingly clear that Comey had set his sights on the issue of Russia's election meddling, which has stalked Trump's presidency from the start.

McCabe called the investigation "highly significant" - another contradiction of the White House portrayal - and assured senators Comey's firing will not hinder it. As we discussed yesterday, people who are innocent - those who expect to be fully exonerated - don't usually try to end ongoing investigations, lash out at witnesses, and suppress questions.

When Trump initially chose to keep Comey - a Barack Obama appointee - in his job, it raised eyebrows from critics who saw it as a tacit reward for his role in damaging Clinton's chances. "Director Comey did not come up".

"He got exhausted of him", one White House official said. "I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from the office, effective immediately". "He got really exhausted of him".

"That is not accurate, " McCabe said in a response to a senator's question about the White House assertions. She said Trump became concerned about Comey's efforts to work outside the Justice Department's chain of command during the Clinton investigation, citing congressional testimony from last week that provided more details of his actions a year ago. He was a candidate - not the president.

HOLT: So, you had already made the decision.

Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, told CNN Wednesday, "Jim Comey had lost the confidence of people at the Federal Bureau of Investigation". She said Comey had told the president on three occasions that he wasn't the subject of an investigation, but she refused to say when, where or why the FBI director would do it.

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Why are the Democrats now saying that James Comey should stay?

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was "time to move on" from Comey. "It's that simple", Sanders said.

It hasn't yet been two full days since the president fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing a counter-espionage investigation into the Russian Federation scandal. "That's inconsistent with who he is and what everyone says".

The FBI's deputy director, Andrew McCabe, was named the acting director until Trump appoints a replacement and the Senate confirms the appointment.

May 9, 5:48 pm: A statement attributed to press secretary Sean Spicer is sent to the White House press list. "That's all I have to say", one agent told Politico. The White House refused Wednesday to provide any evidence or greater detail.

By Wednesday, White House officials had lined up outside surrogates, including ones who often don't do interviews.

Comey addressed friends and staff in a widely reported letter on Wednesday, in which he stated his belief that Trump, as president, had a right to fire him irrespective of the circumstances.

By the end of the evening, a Senate committee had subpoenaed documents from former national security adviser Michael Flynn - and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House oversight committtee, had asked for a probe into the Comey firing.

Despite Trump's admiring comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidential campaign, relations between the two powers remain at a low point.