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Trump defends firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief; Democrats demand independent Russian Federation probe

12 May 2017

Comey's 11th-hour disclosure in late October was related to the FBI's determination that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had sent a flood of potentially classified emails to her husband, the disgraced teen-sexting former congressman Anthony Weiner.

In a letter to members of staff he said "working with them had been one of the great joys of my life".

"For many people, including myself, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to this investigation". "I went off of the information that I had", she explained.

"I would not (say that)", McCabe told the Senate hearing.

"It is done and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply".

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I think the concern among the agents is not where things are today.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, US May 11, 2017.

He has also assumed responsibility for the FBI's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation until an interim director is installed. As White House sources told The Weekly Standard at the time, and as Trump later made explicit in an interview with NBC News, the president was "going to fire [Comey] regardless of the recommendation".

Outgoing FBI Director James Comey has used his resignation letter to urge former colleagues at the bureau to continue "upholding the constitution".

One day after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the Utah Republican, known for using the chairmanship to attract the national spotlight under the Obama administration, is asking the Department of Justice's Inspector General to probe the "findings and circumstances" surrounding Comey's controversial departure. For a president, several of whose associates are under criminal investigation, to fire the person at the head of that investigation is, of course, outside every norm of constitutional government and defies every understanding of the rule of law.

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Three: The White House insisted the firing has no bearing on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. "We encourage them to complete that investigation so we can put it behind us".

Trump's sudden firing of Comey shocked Washington and plunged Trump deeper into a controversy over his campaign's alleged relations with Russian Federation that has dogged the early days of his presidency. And Lavrov fueled the flames with jokes about the Comey firing. The meeting was closed to US news organizations, but attended by the state-run Russian news service.

The Russian president has also again dismissed claims of his country's involvement in United States elections. "If you want a combative president that denigrates and fights with any media outlet not supportive of his actions, you are thrilled and believe he is fighting your fight against the same forces that you feel are disrupting the country you love".

"We finally agree on something Rosie", he said in response to a December post from O'Donnell when she advocated for putting Comey out of a job. He is under consideration for the role of interim director, who will stay in place until Trump's eventual nominee is confirmed by the Senate, the Justice Department official said.

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