The White House did not anticipate that the Russian government would allow its state news agency to post photographs of an Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to the USA, a White House official said.
President Donald Trump threatened Friday morning to end White House press briefings, arguing that "it is not possible" for his staff to speak with "perfect accuracy" to the American public.
Here's a look at the 11 candidates under consideration as a permanent replacement for Comey. But the US attorney general and his deputy at the time refused and resigned their posts instead.
In an interview the day after Comey was sacked, Vice President Michael Pence said, "The President took strong and decisive leadership here to put the safety and security of the American people first by accepting the recommendation of the deputy attorney general to remove Director Comey as the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".More news: China protests 'unhelpful' United States sanctions on Iran
The South Carolina Republican is best known for leading the congressional inquiry into the deadly attacks on a US facility in Benghazi, Libya, a panel that oversaw a lengthy grilling of Hillary Clinton in 2015.
The letter, written by attorneys Sheri Dillon and William Nelson from the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, simultaneously leaves open the possibility of other Russian ties while attempting to dismiss them. He originally endorsed Florida Sen.
Spicer did not answer to questions whether the White House taped the conversation between Trump and Comey.
The House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russian meddling was already tainted by the actions of its chairman, who appeared to be carrying water for the president. The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president.More news: USA 'democracy is at risk' - lawmaker wants Trump impeached
He justified it by saying if he had not come forward, he could have been guilty of concealment. Each has worked in high-profile positions in the Justice Department. His predecessor, Robert Mueller, was a USA attorney in San Francisco.
The White House has consistently denied having links with Russian Federation. Comey declined and said that he would be "honest" with the president.
The timing feeds suspicions that Comey's firing is really an effort to disrupt or derail the FBI's investigation into the Russian connection, one that Sessions supposedly recused himself from after misleading the Senate about two meetings he had with the Russian ambassador.
Ousted FBI Director James Comey has given people plenty of reason to question his judgment, particularly over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation from last summer through the past week. She faced resistance from Democrats during her confirmation over her alleged participation in discussions about detention policies at the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba.More news: Merkley Agrees NAFTA Needs Renegotiated, But Wary Of Trump Administration
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