Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Trump Harbored Comey Doubts From Election, Spokeswoman Says

Trump Harbored Comey Doubts From Election, Spokeswoman Says

Democrats quickly accused Trump of using Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a pretext and called for a special prosecutor into the Russian Federation probe.

"The president can't fire the United States Senate, and so we have an obligation here to get to the bottom of this", Klobuchar said.

When pressed by a reporter about praise for Comey from rank and file agents at the daily briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the claim.

What seems like the only remaining option - the appointment of a special counsel - now lies exclusively in the hands of the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the same man, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who authored the letter that led to Comey's sacking in the first place. Surely administration officials calculated that the firing of Mr. Comey - whom Ms. Clinton identified only last month as the reason she lost the 2016 election - would not discomfit Democrats.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told CNBC on Wednesday that Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired on Tuesday, had been asked to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in their hearing next Tuesday. So Rosenstein found out that the investigation into Trump's Russian ties was picking up even more steam, then sent a letter to the president demanding that Comey be fired. Democrats - already angry that Congressional inquiries have been hamstrung by Republicans' willingness to defend Trump - anxious that the FBI's investigation may also be in jeopardy "Congressional Republicans can not possibly disagree now: the only fix to this mess is an independent commission with subpoena power", said Brian Fallon, a former Justice Department and Hillary Clinton spokesman.

Feinstein's statement contrasts sharply with California's junior Democratic senator, Kamala Harris, who immediately renewed her call for a special prosecutor. Some in the agency resented the political spotlight Comey had brought on the bureau with his public statements at the center of the Russian Federation and Clinton investigation firestorms.

He also called for an independent investigator to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation. "Given the recent controversies surrounding the director, I believe a fresh start will serve the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation well", said Senator Lindsey Graham.

Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa, at a town hall meeting: "I think it's probably time for Comey to go".

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The ranking Judiciary Committee member on Tuesday issued a milquetoast statement after the news.

US President Donald Trump yesterday made the surprise announcement that Mr Comey had been axed, saying it was because of his handling of the inquiry into Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.

Democrats intensified accusations on Wednesday that Comey's removal was meant to undermine the FBI probe and demanded an independent investigation.

"Comey lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike".

Democratic lawmakers have called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to take up the investigation in the wake of Comey's firing, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rebuked that demand, saying it would "impede the current work being done". He did not mention any effect the dismissal might have on the FBI and congressional investigations into contacts between his 2016 election campaign and Russia."He wasn't doing a good job".

"Today, will enough Republican leaders take the same perspective, or will they see this as a battle between Democrats and Republicans to win or lose, and circle the wagons?"

Responding to media reports that Comey had asked Rosenstein last week for a significant boost in resources for the agency's probe, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in an email, "Totally false".

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