Days before he was sacked by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, USA officials said Wednesday, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.
The reaction was not universal.
Comey's firing was the latest and most significant White House-driven distraction from the Russian Federation investigations.
Spicer's public vote of confidence from Comey came after the President claimed on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director gave former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a "free pass" by not going after her more on her use of a private email server.
Klobuchar was among those condemning the firing Wednesday. He spoke briefly and told them to focus on the FBI's mission.
The Republican president, who met Russia's foreign minister at the White House on Wednesday, defended his decision to abruptly fire Comey from a law-enforcement post he had held since 2013.
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On February 14, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, characterized Yates's warning as "a heads-up". Asked about it, Yates said answering the question would require revealing classified information.
"The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey. but now they play so sad!" he tweeted. Some said they feel like they've lost a family member.
No one at the White House had informed him. "And most importantly, he lost the confidence of the President". Former FBI agents said such a statement by the director would be all but unthinkable. "If you read his paper, it's not a legal paper", she said.
"He regretted what he did to Hillary but not what he did to Trump", the former Trump adviser said of Comey.
When asked about the timing of Mr. Trump's decision Tuesday night on CBSN's "Red & Blue," Sanders said, "I think the biggest reason is really really simple". "It separates the administration from the intelligence community and law enforcement".
Durbin agreed that the Comey firing points toward a constitutional crisis.
The public embarrassment only compacted the effect on agents, who nearly universally agreed the situation was handled inappropriately.
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They also discussed Trump's "desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russian Federation ". Trump made the comments during a surprise Oval Office meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger .
But while the impact may not immediately hit the mission of agents, the overall morale of the agency could continue be affected. I agree with the almost unanimous opinions of former department officials.
Trump's firing of Comey stunned Washington and plunged the president deeper into controversy. "The FBI is supposed to be somewhat impenetrable or somewhat immune to the politics, but I think unfortunately this shows that that's not always the case".
But there was no sign that Mr. Trump had lost confidence in him during a friendly exchange with Comey in January, or in an interview on April 11.
"Frankly, he had been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected", said deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Republican senators "are certainly thinking very seriously about the constitutional crisis that we face right now", said Sen. That means the individual chosen to serve on an interim basis could end up holding the job for some time, including oversight of the high-profile investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. They suggested Trump was persuaded to take the step by Justice Department officials and a scathing memo, written by Rosenstein, criticizing the director's role in the Clinton investigation.
"If it's somebody who is going to not be as independent and will listen to what Trump and Sessions want, maybe they move resources away from the investigation to the Russian activities", the official said.
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Asked when the pair last spoke, he said: "Uh, I don't know". - CNN's Sara Murray and Barbara Starr contributed reporting. Sanders told Politico any talk of her taking Spicer's position in the briefing room is "another ridiculous story".
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