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Former Bush advisor Fagen says Comey's firing 'stinks to high heaven'

11 May 2017

Sen. James Lankford said "the American people need clarity and deserve an explanation", while Sen.

"Blamed by many on the left for contributing to United States president Donald Trump's election with his insistence on investigating-and publicly discussing-Hillary Clinton's emails, and criticized by Republicans and the White House for his probe into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia, Comey stood a lonely, 6'8" figure, apparently "mildly nauseous" over it all.

The president now says he can't trust Comey's judgment. Nixon resigned weeks later.

However, on Wednesday evening, the Senate intelligence panel said it had issued a subpoena requesting documents from Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in relation to its Russian Federation probe. In Trump's view, FBI Director James Comey.

It's clear that, until Tuesday, the investigation was growing in size and scope.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters it was her "understanding" Comey had been seeking more resources for his investigation into the tangled Russian Federation controversy.

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Trump was clearly elated after Comey made a decision to alert Congress that the FBI had reopened its investigation after the discovery of emails on a laptop belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin's disgraced former husband, Anthony Weiner.

And since the firing, more and more reporting is corroborating that theory - a theory that of course would mean the president was trying to obstruct an investigation that could implicate him or people close to him. Chris Murphy said Wednesday, adding that he has a hard time believing that the Trump administration, "having led the cheers of lock her up, is now coming to Hillary Clinton's defense".

VIVIAN: I think Comey should have been fired, but I think he should have been fired on January 20th.

Still others are defending President Trump's decision and dismissing concerns over the decision.

Senator John McCain, who heads the Armed Services Committee, and is no admirer of Vladimir Putin, defended Comey as an honorable man and called the firing "unprecedented", which is true.

"The President has lost confidence in Director Comey and, frankly, he'd been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected", Sanders told reporters, adding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had raised concerns about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief on Monday, prompting Trump to ask him to put his recommendation in writing.

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"This scandal is going to go on". I hope you won't either.

Before the firing of FBI Director James Comey, morale among agents had already taken a beating.

Trump shrugged off the political firestorm he created with Comey's dismissal as he met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office on Wednesday. "It's not just that they removed him - it's that they did it in the most thuggish and humiliating way possible". The FBI will provide crucial support to congressional investigators, and the press will keep digging deeper into this story.

Those sparse words were all the President had to say about why he fired Comey, aside from several messages on Twitter.

Tim Weiner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. Imagine what a real congressional investigation of Russiagate might look like if Republicans aren't holding all the gavels.

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