54% of Americans Think President Trump Firing James Comey Was Inappropriate

President Donald Trump had asked FBI Director James Comey for his loyalty during a dinner in January a report claimed

President Donald Trump had asked FBI Director James Comey for his loyalty during a dinner in January a report claimed

"I said, if it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?"

President Donald Trump has said that it is a "good idea" to abolish daily White House briefing, a viewpoint which has been opposed by the White House Correspondents' Association. "You can't fire the guy investigating you and that's a lot like what we saw from the Nixon administration".

Comey has not confirmed Trump's account of discussions that included the FBI's probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and allegations of Trump campaign collaboration with the Russians. Thirty two percent of survey respondents said they had no opinion of Trump's decision to fire America's chief law enforcement officer.

"I think we ought to get to the bottom line here: President Trump is risky".

May 12, 2017: Trump tweets that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" He denies it had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, but also says: "In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". That's according to two people familiar with the search process who weren't authorized to publicly discuss the deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The 49-year-old McCabe, a career FBI agent, has taken part in a number of high-profile investigations, including probes into the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the attacks against United States installations in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

"Even if this investigation continues unabated, there is a substantial risk that the American people will not have confidence in its results, no matter who is appointed to succeed him, given that the director of the FBI serves at the pleasure of the president", the group wrote.

Spicer, who kept his answers short during the briefing and largely dodged specific questions about Trump's meeting with Comey, did say at one point that he was not aware that any recording of the Trump-Comey meeting exists. Comey declined to make that promise but told the president he could count on his honesty, the paper said.

Furious with the news coverage of the White House's shifting explanations on Comey's sacking, Trump lashed out, suggesting the media was wrong to expect his spokespeople to be 100 percent accurate.

As Mr Trump works to fast-track Mr Comey's successor, lawmakers from both parties urged him to steer clear of any politicians for the job and say he must "clean up the mess that he mostly created".

Trump is considering 11 people to to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a White House official said.

On MSNBC Friday afternoon, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Andrea Mitchell that Comey told him he was having dinner at the White House that evening, and that he was "uneasy" over the invitation from Trump.

Trump also called the Democrats "hypocrites" for their outrage at Comey's dismissal, saying they themselves were upset with Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Democrats have found an ally in the Senate's Republican chairman of the intelligence committee.

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