Comey looked to expand probe before firing

Posted May 12, 2017

That custom remained until 1972, when the F.B.I. director, J. Such a statement from Comey would not appear to follow the FBI's protocol, multiple reports said. But I wonder: If a shoe drops in Trump's White House and you're relying on Fox News to cover it-does it make a sound?

Fox News Chief White House correspondent John Roberts asked whether President Donald Trump meant to send a message to his critics today by meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The abrupt firing of Comey threw into question the future of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russian Federation and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset.

Democrats compared Comey's ouster to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" during the Watergate investigation and renewed calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Some Republicans are also expressing concern about the timing and reason for Comey's abrupt removal.

Two days after the surprise firing of the FBI Director, the Acting FBI chief told a Senate panel that the move has not disrupted any FBI investigations, including a probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 USA elections, as Andrew McCabe disputed a prime White House assertion that FBI employees has lost confidence in former Director James Comey.

This article, prominently displayed on TownHall's homepage, noted some of Schumer's past criticism of Comey.

"'If there is ever a time ... it is right now". One official said Trump asked Rosenstein and Sessions for their views on Comey, then asked the deputy attorney general to synthesize his thoughts in a memo.

Some allies had been warning Trump since before his inauguration to get rid of Comey, describing him as a Republican who would criticize and do in fellow Republicans, according to one Trump associate.

McCabe's actions are among the decisions being scrutinized in an ongoing Justice Department inspector general probe of the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

While Comey has drawn anger from Democrats since he reopened the email investigation in the closing days of last year's campaign, they didn't buy that justification for his firing. Among those being considered to be interim director, officials have said, are William Evanina from the Office of Director of National Intelligence; Adam Lee, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond, Virginia, office; Michael Anderson, the special agent in charge in Chicago; Paul Abbate, the FBI's executive assistant director for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch; and McCabe, the acting director.

A source close to Rogers said he's had "informal feelers", from White House officials about his interest in the job. On Wednesday, Trump labeled the Senate minority leader "Cryin' Chuck Schumer".

Trump's decision to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director is virtually unprecedented.

However, Democrats - and some Republicans - saw the move to get rid of Comey as an assault on the FBI's Russian Federation probe and demanded that it be turned over to an independent special prosecutor or commission. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania said it was "Nixonian".