Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'

Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'

Trump denies any such links and says Comey had assured him he was not being investigated.

Although polls show a partisan split when asked whether they agree with the President's decision to fire Comey - 58 per cent of Republicans approve while 66 per cent of Democrats disapprove - there is strong agreement on questions of who should run the ongoing investigation.

Trump also tweeted Friday morning that "maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy", a remark he made after contradicting his press aides and other surrogates on his reasons for ousting Comey.

To date, just 11 Republican members - 3 senators and 8 House members - have said a special prosecutor needs to be appointed in order to effectively get to the bottom of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, according to a count maintained by the Washington Post.

"You can't be cute about tapes".

Clapper and Schumer made their comments on CNN's "State of the Union"; Graham spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press"; and Warner appeared on ABC's "This Week" and "Fox News Sunday".

But in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump made clear that he'd already chose to fire Comey before he heard from Rosenstein and Sessions.

When acting FBI director Andrew McCabe appeared before a Senate committee last week, its members sought - and received - assurances that he would notify them if Trump tried to interfere with the agency's investigation of Russian meddling in the USA election. Democrats have accused Trump of attempting to interfere in the FBI's probe and have called for independent inquiry into the matter.

According to the director's notes, Comey did not respond directly to the president's entreaties, only agreeing with Trump's assertion that Flynn "is a good guy". And the existence of such recordings from his White House didn't end very well for him. The White House said the event had caused a loss of trust and Flynn resigned.

After Trump chose to fire Comey, he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat past year. "We have nothing to do with Russian Federation".

The notes taken by Comey appear to contradict testimony offered last week by his temporary successor, acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe.

Indeed, on numerous Sunday shows yesterday, there was bipartisan agreement among several senators that White House recordings, assuming Trump didn't just make this up, won't remain private indefinitely.

"People had issues with Director Comey's - some of his decisions".

The US is now the laughing stock of the world and their election of Trump as president has become a lesson learned for the rest of the world like France whose citizens voted for Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and liberal over the ultra rightist candidate Le Pen. Lindsey Graham, is one of the Republicans who has called for a special prosecutor.

"Right now, it is a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation".

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