Friday, 06 December, 2019

President Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey, but now Democrats are Upset

FBI Director James Comey speaks before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC FBI Director James Comey speaks before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC
Debra Rodriguez | 11 May, 2017, 06:53

Wyden says FBI Director James Comey should be immediately called to testify about the status of the Russian Federation investigation. "The FBI Director serves at the pleasure of the president".

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer responded to Comey's dismissal by calling for a special prosecutor in the investigation of ties between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

FILE - Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says it's essential that ongoing FBI investigations are "free of political interference". "Outrageous", said Oregon Sen.

And Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said "Trump's decision to fire Comey...should send a chill down the spine of every American".

Conyers and other Democrats renewed their calls for an independent commission or a special prosecutor to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election. Much of what Comey is cited for doing wrong happened before Trump heralded Comey during a January event at the White House, warmly shaking his hand and commenting on how "famous" he had become. "It's clearly part of a cover-up, and it's part of a pattern - he fired Yates, he fired [U.S. Attorney] Preet Bharara, and now he fires Comey". The FBI will be led in the interim by Andrew McCabe, Comey's top deputy. He has denied that his campaign was involved in Russia's election meddling. But the president did assert that Comey informed him "on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said shortly before 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday that Comey was "notified a short time ago", but declined to say how Comey was notified. There was outright hatred for Comey when, days before the election, he released a letter that said he had reopened the investigation into Clinton because some emails from aide Huma Abedin were discovered on a computer used by disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner.

"Director Comey has been more forthcoming with information than any FBI Director I can recall in my tenure on the congressional intelligence committees".

Some lawmakers welcomed news of the dismissal.

Many have equated President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey to former President Richard Nixon's actions during the Watergate scandal.

Comey was three years into a 10-year term as Federal Bureau of Investigation boss.

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Comey strongly defended his decisions during the hearing last week. He said he was "mildly nauseous" at the thought of having swayed the election but also said he would do the same again.

7/5/2016 Comey holds a presser saying that their investigation did not find any criminal wrongdoing with Hillary Clinton and her personal email server.

Lynch accepted the FBI's recommendation not to charge Clinton.

Clinton's advisers were stunned by Trump's decision Tuesday. Dianne Feinstein, said Trump called her to let her know that he'd fired Comey.

"I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination", Sen.

Rod Rosenstein replaced Boente in that role when the Senate confirmed him as deputy attorney general last month.

Comey described the incident in 2007 testimony to Congress, explaining that he believed the spy program put in place after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks was legally questionable.

Several Republicans approached by AFP about the news, which hit Washington like a thunderclap, declined to criticize the president or Comey directly.

"His dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the committee".

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