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White House: Trump considered firing Comey since Election Day

11 May 2017

"FUN FACT: President Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI #FBIDirector #notNixonian", read a tweet from the library's account. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993.

"Because he wasn't doing a good job, very simply".

Later Wednesday Trump met at the White House with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak - who spoke with Michael Flynn, Trump's short-lived national security adviser, during the transition late past year and also had contacts with then-Sen.

Vice President Mike Pence is defending the firing, saying the "president made the right decision at the right time".

But Katy Tur of NBC News reported on Twitter that Sarah Isgur Flores, the director of public affairs at the Department of Justice, flatly denied that Comey asked for more money or more resources.

Schumer also repeated his call for a special counsel to investigate ties between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

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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".

The president moved to justify his decision by insisting that Mr Comey had "lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington". "Well, yesterday, they surprised me".

In a heated press conference, the White House's press representative said the administration saw no need for a prosecutor.

"Things have been a little busy", McCabe said today. They recommended Comey's ouster, and Mr. Trump asked for their reasoning in writing. Richard Blumenthal and Democrats for criticizing him.

Also getting under Mr. Trump's thin skin is the senior senator from CT, who took to the airwaves Wednesday to criticize the firing.

And U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is calling for creation of a special select committee to investigate.

"His dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the committee", Burr said in one of the strongest Republican reactions to the firing of Comey.

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U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, however, broke with the GOP leader, saying he was disappointed in Trump's decision to fire Comey - a man whom he argued "has led the Federal Bureau of Investigation well in extraordinary circumstances".

President Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, sending political observers into a tailspin. Democrats intensified accusations that Comey's removal was meant to undermine the FBI probe and demanded an independent investigation.

The New York Times, quoting three unnamed Congressional officials, alleges that Comey went to Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, for additional funds.

Lavrov met earlier Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department, were the agenda included a Russian plan for a safe zone in Syria, North Korea, and Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

At that point, Sanders said, Sessions and Rosenstein asked to meet with Trump to further discuss the issue.

"There is a high cloud of illegitimacy hanging over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that can only be cleaned up with a fair, impartial and independent investigation", said Jefferies (D-Brooklyn), who sits on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

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