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

Sen. John Cornyn up for FBI Director Job

Sen. John Cornyn up for FBI Director Job

President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey this week was one thing. He said, 'You are not under investigation, ' " Trump said, claiming that Comey told him the same thing once during a dinner and then again on two separate phone calls.

It was during a one-on-one dinner between Trump and Comey that Trump says he asked Comey if he could confirm he wasn't under investigation, which Comey did.

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Trump's tweet raised questions about whether or not his discussions with Comey were in fact recorded - and what Comey said to Trump during those conversations.

Separately, Comey has declined to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he was asked to appear next week as part its attempt to find the circumstances in which he was sacked by Trump.

Ousted FBI Director James Comey will not testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday about the circumstances of his firing, as top members of the panel had invited him to do.

The shifting accounts of the decision to fire Comey, whom Trump derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander", added to a mounting sense of uncertainty and chaos in the West Wing, as aides scrambled to get their stories straight and appease an angry president.

The White House initially said Trump was compelled to fire Comey by a critical memo from the deputy attorney general on the director's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email. Feinstein had already joined forces with the committee's chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, to call for a briefing on the Russian Federation investigation. "If you assume that, this strikes me as a lousy way to do it", he said.

"As I've said for the third time, there's nothing further to add to that", Spicer responded.

Schumer said he also wants to hear from Attorney General Jeff Sessions but that meeting with Rosenstein would be a good start.

The letter was spearheaded by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, and was also signed by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Delaware, and Minnesota.

In a statement, Durbin said that what he characterised as Trump's admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe was "dangerously close to obstruction of justice". John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, respectively, demand that any such tapes be turned over to Congress.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing that Trump did not demand Comey's loyalty.

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