Rosenstein, it turned out, authored the memo that was used, the Times said, to "justify the firing of Mr. Comey". Not even Vice President Mike Pence was spared the embarrassment of having told a version of events that was later discredited by Trump.
"The FBI has been in turmoil".
"I can assure you we are covered", McCabe told the panel when asked if the FBI needs more money for the investigation.
However, his characterisation was at odds with that of the top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mark Warner, of the intelligence committee.More news: Senate at bat in dealing with health care law
"I was going to fire regardless of the recommendation", he told NBC News's Lester Holt.
Even before Trump himself wandered off the White House line, various news outlets had reported that Comey had asked for resources for an expanded Russian Federation probe just days before his dismissal (an account the Department of Justice has denied). According to Wall Street Journal, Comey was stepping up the investigation because he found evidence of possible collusion between the Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "He'd been thinking about it for months, which I did say yesterday and have said many times since. the recommendation I guess he got from the deputy attorney general just further solidified his decision and, again, I think, reaffirmed that he made the right one", Sanders said in the White House briefing.
His assertions came as Comey's temporary replacement joined in, contradicting other administration statements on the snowballing controversy. "Our story is consistent", she said Thursday. "I was going to fire Comey. My decision", Trump said. Burr said the timing and rationale for Comey's firing "doesn't make sense to me". Instead a contentious fight looms over confirming whomever Trump nominates to replace Comey, although it will take only a simple majority in the 100-member Senate and therefore no Democratic votes will be needed.
Leaders of the United States intelligence agencies, including director of national intelligence Dan Coats and CIA chief Mike Pompeo, on Thursday testified that they agreed with that finding.More news: PM to attend Belt and Road Forum in China
The senators said their meeting with Rosenstein was about setting up a "process for deconfliction" - coordinating their investigation with the FBI's.
Not only did Trump have to contend with four investigations in the Congress, but now with a much wider investigation by the FBI, hundreds of additional agents digging into every contact Trump associates had with the Kremlin during the campaign. Maybe I'll expand that - you know, I'll lengthen the time because it should be over with.
"He said it once at dinner, and then he said it twice during phone calls", Trump said. "We had a very nice dinner".
Still, Trump maintained, "I know I am not under investigation".More news: Before the axe, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder
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