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Read James Comey's full farewell letter

11 May 2017

President Trump was active on social media Wednesday night, asking Democrats via Twitter "WHAT CHANGED?"

The New York Times, citing an unnamed official, earlier reported Trump was considering visiting the FBI's Washington headquarters on Friday but was not expected to discuss the investigation over possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 USA election. The Times reported later that Trump was angry about that investigation and "enraged" by Comey's testimony about him last week in Congress.

Another said Comey's firing and the subsequent comments from the White House are attacks that won't soon be forgotten. Sources told CNN it's unclear if Rosenstein acted on his own or believed he had to carry out Trump's orders.

Comey was further criticized by the White House after deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday that he had committed "atrocities" for his handling of Hillary Clinton's email server scandal.

The very Democrats that are criticising the President now would be dancing in the streets celebrating, so it's just the purest form of hypocrisy, she said.

Comey was abruptly dismissed on Tuesday by the Republican president, who said the issue was Comey's inability to lead. It was a story that probably would have withered away - but by firing Comey, Trump turned this Russian Federation story into a two-headed monster that is growing further out of his reach.

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"Comey lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike".

US intelligence agencies concluded in a January report that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to disrupt the election that included hacking into Democratic Party emails and leaking them, with the aim of helping Republican Trump.

JONATHAN TURLEY, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW PROFESSOR: First of all for many weeks, I've actually questioned the need for a special prosecutor because I'm not too sure what the crime is. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, advised people likening Trump to Richard Nixon to "suck it up and move on".

Congressional Republicans opposed the suggestion. Democrats, demanding a special prosecutor, used their procedural powers to delay all Senate committee meetings.

And really, are the American people supposed to feel confident in Comey's firing because Hillary Clinton loyalist Jamie Gorelick criticized him a year ago in a newspaper op-ed? Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump aides understand "that they created a really hard situation for themselves". "I don't see the crime, so I don't see how it's closing in on Trump". "No one wants this to be finished and completed more than us".

Trump, as usual, brought attention to the controversy rather than attempting to evade it.

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A photo of Mr Trump's meeting Mr Lavrov appeared on Russian state media after the USA press pool were excluded from the event.

Trump met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office today. But his choice of words may have doomed him with President Donald Trump.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's dismissal was vital in restoring "public trust and confidence" in the agency.

Comey's testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee, which had a lot of staying power, went away after a week or two. There was no immediate word on whether he would do so.

A farewell letter from Comey that circulated among friends and colleagues said he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or on "the way it was executed". "If you don't trust his decision making process, or are uncertain about it like I am, then you question why he did it and how he will make his choice of replacement".

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