President Trump has abandoned plans to visit FBI headquarters in the days after he fired bureau Director James Comey, according to a report on Thursday. "I was going to fire regardless of recommendation".
On Trump calling Comey a "showboat" and a "grand-stander", Sanders said it was "probably based on the numerous appearances that he made".
But yesterday, the FBI's acting director Andrew McCabe said his agency would continue looking into possible links between Russian Federation and the 2016 Trump campaign under questioning from the Senate Intelligence Committee. "The FBI has been in turmoil". The Oversight Committee hauled Comey in for a public hearing shortly after the former FBI Director announced he would not recommend the Department of Justice bring charges against the former first lady.
"He's highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy, the Democrats like him, the Republicans like him", Trump said of the deputy attorney general.
"The rank-and-file members within the Federal Bureau of Investigation had lost confidence in the director", said Sanders, who is filling in for press secretary Sean Spicer, who is on Navy reserve duty this week.
President Donald Trump fired Comey Tuesday evening, a surprise move that reportedly caught even some members of his own administration off-guard.
"It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply".
McCabe also disputed Sanders' characterization of the Russian Federation investigation as "one of the smallest things" going on at the Bureau.
"I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard". "The American people's trust in the criminal justice system is in Mr. Rosenstein's hands", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. McCabe sidestepped the question, saying he could not comment on an ongoing probe.
"It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue the investigation vigorously and completely", McCabe said. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says "there's no reason to believe he doesn't [have the persident's full confidence] at this time".
He is now under pressure from Democrats to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations about Trump's Russian Federation ties, something he did not rule out during his confirmation hearings.
John Dean, the Nixon staffer who helped expose the Watergate scandal that took down his boss' presidency, explained that guidelines exist to prevent the kind of discussions Trump allegedly had with Comey, because such talks can give the appearance of impropriety.
Senate intelligence committee leaders caused a stir when they abruptly left a congressional hearing on world threats to meet with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"What if it came out that Bill Clinton got on the airplane with Loretta Lynch and asked the status of the email investigation?" Trump told Holt in the interview aired Tuesday that during a dinner he had with Comey to discuss his future, he asked whether he personally was touched by the investigation. Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said a new investigation would "only serve to impede" existing probes such as one under way in the Senate intelligence committee.
Senator John McCain told CNN: "I don't think that (Mr Comey's mishandling of the e-mail probe) is sufficient rationale (for his firing)". In response, Trump says: "Hillary Clinton is guilty".
The 16,500-member National Border Patrol Council, which backed Trump during his campaign, declined to comment when contacted by BuzzFeed News.
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