Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

What was in Comey's farewell letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation colleagues

"There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date". He later said he would not update the White House on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

He also assured the committee the FBI had sufficient resources to conduct the investigation. "Today I sent a letter urging IG Horowitz to expand the scope of his review to include the decision to fire Director Comey".

Mr Sessions had claimed to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March after it was revealed he met with the Kremlin's ambassador to the U.S. on at least two occasions and did not disclose those encounters while testifying before a Senate committee at his confirmation hearing.

"If Director Comey was sacked to stifle the FBI's Russian Federation investigation - and the timing of this action makes that a real possibility - that simply can not be allowed to happen", she said. On Monday, Mr. Trump met with Mr. Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

Unfazed, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted she had heard from "countless" members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who welcomed the president's decision.

In other words, according to Trump himself, what the Trump White House told the public wasn't true.

President Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, citing the opinion of his Justice Department that Comey had mishandled the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

"He's highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy, the Democrats like him, the Republicans like him", Trump said of the deputy attorney general.

But both Democrats and Republicans are raising questions about the timing of Comey's firing.

"Fellow Conservative - Democrats want President Trump impeached - including the DNC Deputy Chair".

"We will not be deterred from getting to the truth", Warner said.

Trump's stated reason for firing Comey was greeted with overwhelming skepticism from Democrats as well as some Republicans, and many USA political observers.

"We are certainly moving down that path", Gallego said.

Pearson reported from NY.

At Thursday's White House press briefing, Huckabee Sanders said she had a chance to speak with the president before she went out to the podium and said the "last straw that pushed" him was Comey's testimony before Congress on May 3. The White House did not let the media into the meeting for a customary photo opportunity.

Former FBI agents said such a statement by the director would be all but unthinkable. The White House said Comey had lost the confidence of Trump, who was looking to fire him from day one. "My decision", Trump said.

That admission could expose the president to allegations of interfering with ongoing investigations in possible collusion between his aides and the Russian government during the 2016 election.

Comey's revelation triggered a political quake - which Democrats believe tipped the scales against their candidate - even though the newly-discovered emails turned out to contain nothing of significance.

That contradicted White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, who had said Comey was sacked on Rosenstein's recommendation. His account has not been confirmed and the FBI Director would not normally discuss an open investigation like that.

"Nobody wants this to be finished and completed more than us", she said.

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