Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Acting FBI Director points to Trump's misconceptions

Acting FBI Director points to Trump's misconceptions

Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, and the president said in an NBC News exclusive interview on Thursday that he had been planning to do so regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended.

The president threatened Comey on Twitter just days after firing him in a surprise move earlier this week. Comey declined, instead offering "honest".

After again insisting that the Trump-Russia story was just another Democratic Party fabrication and that his surrogates couldn't possibly speak with "perfect accuracy" because he's such an active president, he turned his attention to James Comey.

"That would be flawless", the source close to Comey told the network.

Democrats accuse the Republican president of trying to dent the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe by firing Comey, and have called for a special counsel to investigate the Russian Federation issue.

Mr Comey has not publicly discussed any conversations he had with Trump. However, Trump's legal team did not release the tax returns, meaning they could not be independently verified.

A federal grand jury now looking at the Trump campaign's ties to Russian officials reportedly issued its first subpoenas this week to associates of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

United States authorities seize former NY congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop and mobile devices as part of a probe into allegations he sent sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old. "It took a lot of guts".

He says Comey mentioned that he had been invited to have dinner with Trump and was "uneasy with it".

Trump is elected President, defeating Clinton by winning 304 electoral college votes to her 227. They've distanced the decision from the FBI probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign, only to later suggest Comey's firing would aid the investigation.

All along, Trump's spokesmen insisted that his decision was not shaped in any way by his growing fury with the Russian Federation controversy, including the FBI investigation overseen by Comey into Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election and whether there had been any coordination with Trump associates. She said that she presented the timeline as she understood it on Wednesday.

In this March 20, 2017 photo, House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican, South Carolina, questions then-FBI director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers as they testify on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Associates say he is simmering at some of the comments directed at him by White House staffers, who have used words like "atrocities" to describe his actions as director.

That disparity led to terse exchanges at Thursday's press briefing, where Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, struggled to explain why explanations of the controversial firing from her and other administration officials had been so off base.

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