Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

I Thought Comey Firing Would Have Bipartisan Support

I Thought Comey Firing Would Have Bipartisan Support

Trump last week fired ex-FBI Director James Comey, whose agency was investigating the president's campaign, and reports since then have raised questions about whether he had tried to influence the investigation.

"We maintain our view that tax cuts in this Congress remain likely, but the odds are declining with each passing day", wrote Isaac Boltansky of Compass Point Research & Trading in a note on Thursday.

President Donald Trump charged yesterday that the stepped-up probe into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to tilt last year's election was dividing the country.

"Lavrov says media have reported that Trump told him that "'terrorists' are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials", information he says the administration revealed with the laptop ban.

"I don't think he understands it", said the official, adding that Trump needed more detailed briefings before leaving on Friday.

He continued, "Then he had the very poor performance on Wednesday. Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey".

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

That statement was a reference to DOJ's clean-up duty on the Huma Abedin statements.

'Thank you, Huma. Good job, Huma, ' Trump said in MI days before his stunning election win. "I think it's a very hard challenge and I hope he's going to talk to a lot of smart people".

Trump said at the press conference he thought the decision to fire Comey would be well received.

'Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side that were saying such awful things about Director Comey, ' Trump said. A source familiar with Comey's thinking said the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director is willing to work on finding a time and a way to testify.

The Department of Justice threw a curveball into the mix late Wednesday with the announcement that former FBI Director Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel on the Russian Federation investigation, taking it over from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. I cherish the FBI.it is special. all over the world, no matter where you go, the FBI is special.

"Even my enemies have said there is no collusion", he continued.

Matthew Miller, who served as the DOJ's Director of the Office of Public Affairs under former Attorney General Eric Holder, suggested that Comey may have been building an obstruction of justice case against the president, in an interview with the Washington Post.

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