President Trump said Thursday that he was going to fire FBI Director James Comey regardless of any Justice Department recommendation.
Asked if the unceremonious sacking had had an effect on his meetings with senior Russian diplomats today, Trump said: "Not at all".
McCabe said at the hearing that the bureau has adequate resources to carry out the investigation.
Yes, the Trump administration is now discovering the downside of relying on a cut-and-paste of newspaper op-eds and cable TV interviews to justify the belated firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
In a statement, Grassley said that Comey had previously briefed him and the panel's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and that the lawmakers "heard nothing that contradicted the president's statement". At a hearing held by the Senate Intelligence Committee the following day, Sen. Members of the committee have begun asking questions about Trump's business ties. Asked why he put that there, the president told NBC, "Because he told me that".
Outraged Democrats called for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia's election interference, and a handful of prominent Republican senators left open that possibility. "I hadn't had a chance to have the conversation directly with the president", Sanders said.
Asked about a special prosecutor on Wednesday, she said, "We don't think it's necessary".
Ill-prepared White House staffers have spent the better part of the week scrambling to spin a narrative of strength and decisiveness about the sudden and seemingly hurried firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Not so, says its acting director.
McCabe is certain to face questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday on the status of the bureau and its high-profile probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "We consider it to be a highly significant investigation".
At the end of a long day, only the dim lights from reporters' cellphones lit the scene as the White House press secretary spoke, largely in the dark. "I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity", McCabe added.
Tapper pointed out that Trump "couldn't care less" about Rosenstein's Comey memo, arguing the president's "only objection to Comey dealt with Hillary Clinton-that he didn't throw Hillary Clinton in prison".
However, he wrote, "a new AG and new director may take a good look at the entire case, and if anyone who received immunity did not live up to their agreement, like Huma [Abedin] with the classified documents on her computer, the deal is off and they are potential targets again". "This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse for the Democrats for losing an election they should have won".
They have threatened to delay proceedings in the Senate unless they get a few demands met. One is a special prosecutor to examine Trump's Russian Federation ties.
Many agents working in field offices across the country learned Tuesday about their director's firing in much the same way he did: from news reports that flashed on television screens and buzzed on phones.
They have been promised a briefing next week.
Warner said the timing of Comey's dismissal by President Donald Trump is troubling. Mark Warner, of the intelligence committee.
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