Nadler Confronted With Own Past Comments Demanding Comey's Firing

President Donald Trump shakes hands with James Comey

President Donald Trump shakes hands with James Comey

Vice President Mike Pence briefly addressed reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he insisted that FBI's Russian Federation investigation did not play a role in President Donald Trump's decision to fire James Comey as the director of the bureau.

Taking a further jab at Comey, Trump also retweeted the politically conservative Drudge Report, which linked to a story from a news aggregation site that listed "10 major Federal Bureau of Investigation scandals on Comey's watch".

"If Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up", he warned.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said it hopes Mr Comey's dismissal will not affect Moscow's ties with Washington - and said it did not believe the firing had anything to do with Russian Federation.

He added: "There are many outstanding questions about the circumstances of director Comey's dismissal and what the future holds for this investigation. "I personally am very grateful that we have a president willing to show the kind of strong and decisive leadership" necessary to fire him".

The president said he will hire someone "who will do a far better job" in restoring the FBI's prestige. Richard Burr of North Carolina, who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee that's leading an investigation into Russian meddling in the US election. Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "I know how we said Trump was an African dictator". If the president chooses the same candidate as Sessions and Rosenstein, that person will have to leave the interim director post while the confirmation process takes place.

"But Donald Trump's decision to fire him now, in the midst of an investigation into Trump associates and their ties to Russian Federation, is outrageous", he said.

Clint Watts, let's just get your reaction, first of all, to the firing of [former FBI Director] Jim Comey, the way it was done, and the timing of when it was done.

"So, my colleague, Senator Coons asked him: "...would you agree that it's vital to the assurance of confidence in our democracy and law enforcement system that any investigation into these matters be fair, free, thorough and politically independent?" Comey acknowledged publicly in March that the FBI was looking into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, and he said the investigation had begun in late July. Then-president Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993.

He also spoke about the agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. He said he was "mildly nauseous" at the thought of having swayed the election but also said he would do the same again.

Krauthammer said the reasons given are "implausible".

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