Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Comey Was Fired After Requesting More Money to Investigate Russia

Comey Was Fired After Requesting More Money to Investigate Russia

Tuesday night, news broke that President Trump had fired FBI Director James B. Comey. "Comey lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike".

Reporters also asked whether Comey's firing would affect Trump's meetings Wednesday with Russian officials, to which Trump responded "no".

Pence ignored a question as to whether the White House asked Sessions and Rosenstein to conduct a review of Comey. The committee says McCabe is now slated to appear in Comey's place. This argument does not remotely pass the smell test, and reporting suggests that the DOJ was ordered to come up with a pretext to fire Comey because the president was angry with his handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey was supposed to testify Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election and possible collusion by Trump associates.

The firing was recommended by Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, who had to previously recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. "One way to exert control after recusal is by getting rid of FBI Director".

Trump, in a letter to Comey dated Tuesday, contended that the director had told him "three times" that he was not personally under investigation.

He led off the tweetstorm with criticism of Democrats, who have loudly called for a special prosecutor to look into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian Federation. "It is essential that ongoing investigations are fulsome and free of political interference until their completion, and it is imperative that President Trump nominate a well-respected and qualified individual to lead the bureau at this critical time".

Trump praised Comey last October, saying "it took guts" for Comey to announce that the FBI would be reviewing emails in the previously closed investigation into Clinton's private email server. Three months later, in February 2016, Andrew McCabe became deputy director of the FBI, the first time he had any oversight of the investigation, as Politifact noted. Though the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not recommend charges against Clinton for mishandling classified information, Comey was blisteringly critical of her decision to use a personal email account and private internet server during her four years as secretary of state.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said any new investigation would only impede those already under way.

"I have confidence in him", Trump said in an interview with Fox Business.

Asked by a reporter if the firing would cast a shadow over his talks, Mr Lavrov replied in a sarcastic tone: "Was he fired?"

Trump made a similar case on Twitter, saying Comey had "lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington", adding: "When things calm down, they will be thanking me!" "You are kidding - you are kidding". In a letter entitled "Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI", Rosenstein said that the bureau's "reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage" in the past year, before saying that "the Director made serious mistake" in his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

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