Comments by Trump & Rosenstein Further Confuse Decision to Fire Comey

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Politicians from both parties sought to question him about Mr Trump's firing last week of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, which was followed by news that Mr Trump had shared secrets with the Russians and tried to stop Mr Comey from investigating former presidential adviser Michael Flynn.

Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, to attend a briefing of the full Senate by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein amid controversy over President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" he added later, without providing examples.

Graham said now that a special counsel is overseeing the investigation, it might be harder to subpoena documents and get people like Comey to testify. The Republican senator John McCain said that Trump's troubles had reached "Watergate size and scale".

USA stocks rose as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market, a day after Wall Street saw the biggest selloff in eight months on worries the political turmoil could undermine Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.

Trump has consistently rejected any suggestion of collusion between his camp and Moscow as "fake news" and complained in a speech on Wednesday that he had been treated "more unfairly" than any United States leader in history during his fledgling presidency.

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Pres. Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president.

The president's tweets and comments to the TV anchors drew little reaction from fellow Republicans, who instead joined Democrats in heaping praise on Mr Mueller.

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Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey.

Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office.

The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and who exactly made the decision.

Burr told reporters Thursday about the response from Flynn's lawyer.

So far, President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, have been the public centers of the investigation.

The White House initially said that letter prompted Trump to fire Comey, but Trump later said he had already chose to dismiss him and was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing".

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people".

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