Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Justice Official Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey, Senators Say

Justice Official Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey, Senators Say

This has added potency to allegations that Mr Trump, who has struggled to shake off suspicions that Russian Federation helped put him in the White House, was seeking to block the investigation by sacking FBI chief James Comey. Stocks and the dollar tanked, amid the whirlwind of Washington turmoil, as Wall Street rightfully anxious that Trump won't be able to pass his economic growth agenda of tax reform and deregulation - because Congress is busy chasing down the latest on the alleged Russian Federation conspiracy.

In a pair of morning tweets and at a later news conference, Mr Trump described calls for his impeachment as "ridiculous" and said he had done nothing to warrant criminal charges.

"I respect the move [to appoint a special counsel] but the entire thing has been a witch-hunt".

"Sometimes you have to be careful what you ask for, because when you get it, all of a sudden you can't get answers to things because now it's an active investigation", he said. "I think that opportunity has been lost, maybe for the greater good".

According to multiple media reports, Mr Comey wrote a memo detailing Mr Trump's comments to him in February saying: "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Flynn probe.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew President Trump planned to fire FBI Director Jim Comey before he sat down to write a memo criticizing Comey's conduct. Rosenstein told lawmakers he didn't want to infringe on newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, whom Rosenstein named this week to lead the probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

"We still have questions and we'll be outlining those in the days ahead", Casey said. In a separate tweet he also referenced unspecified "illegal acts" that took place during his predecessor's presidency and during Hillary Clinton's election campaign. "This is the single greatest witch-hunt of a politician in American history!" Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was part of the Trump campaign, recused himself from involvement after it became clear that he did not tell the entire truth during his confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian Federation. "Russia's fine", Trump said.

President Donald Trump's own actions made the appointment of a special counsel all but inevitable.

At last! An independent counsel has come along to deal with the "Russia thing", as President Donald Trump characterized his imbroglio with Moscow.

Coming out of that briefing, lawmakers said Rosenstein revealed that President Trump's decision preceded his letter.

Senator Klobuchar said stakes could not be higher.

Originally, the Trump White House claimed that Comey was sacked based on a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sen. "The biggest legal change seems to be that Mr. Mueller is going to move forward with the idea of a criminal investigation versus a counterintelligence investigation".

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., also said Rosenstein learned on May 8 that Trump "was going to terminate Comey".

Around the same time that Trump was preparing for his press conference, Rosenstein reportedly told the full Senate that Trump had already made a decision to fire Comey before Trump asked him to submit a memo that would amount to reasoning. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already chose to dismiss Comey.

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