Burr: FBI director firing 'makes no sense'

In his opening remarks, Schumer called on McConnell to convene private, all-senators' meetings - one with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, and another with Rosenstein - to be briefed on the circumstances of Comey's termination.

Democrats also continued to hammer President Donald Trump's decision on Comey. In the short term, USA lawmakers could increase the pressure on Mr. Trump by endorsing the appointment of an independent prosecutor by the Justice Department or by forming a special commission to investigate the Russian Federation matter.

Shortly after news broke that Trump had abruptly fired Comey as director of the FBI, Colbert said during his Late Show monologue, "That shows no gratitude at all".

Issa, and many other Republicans, had criticized Comey when he did not pursue criminal charges against Clinton last July as her email scandal unfolded during the heated campaign. "I have spoken to Republicans and they are certainly thinking very seriously about the constitutional crisis that we face right now". Nor is there any evidence to show there were questionable ties between Russian Federation and the campaign, she contended. Such is the nature of whiplash politics, when a bad guy becomes a good guy simply by virtue of the utility he serves in whatever argument you wish to make.

Jeffries said Trump is hiding something, WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reported. The suspicions that surround the White House are too big, and the reasons stated for Trump's firing of Comey too incredible -given Trump's public defense of Comey - to avoid a special investigation any longer.

"I can't help but think that this is not a good thing for America", McCain said. His letter recommending firing also specifically mentioned Comey's decision to announce new investigation in the Clinton investigation on October 28. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said a special prosecutor would only "impede the current work being done". But he noted that Democrats had repeatedly criticized Comey in the past, and had called for his removal.

Trump was in the process of evaluating candidates with "great integrity and great experience" to take over the FBI, Pence told reporters after meetings with lawmakers in the US Capitol. "I hope that the president will quickly nominate a strong, independent leader as the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that the Senate will consider the nomination as quickly as possible". In a letter from Trump informing Comey of his firing, the president suggested Comey had privately assured Trump he was not being scrutinized.

"A little surprised in the timing", said Sen.

Democrats are already calling for Mr Comey to return to Congress to testify about the circumstances of his firing. "We can not trust Donald Trump to investigate himself".

We know that at least one of the Republicans open to a special prosecutor is Sen.

Pressed on whether she thought the timing of Comey's firing looked suspicious, Murkowski said, "Sure".

"If that was the impetus behind this, it should have been done on Inauguration Day, not in May", said Senator Burr Wednesday. On Wednesday, Trump labeled the Senate minority leader "Cryin' Chuck Schumer". President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993. Rep. Jordan goes on to tell Brian what this means for the continuing investigation into Russian interference and why he feels the democrats sudden outrage over the firing is hypocritical. The FBI in the interim will be led by Comey's top deputy, Andrew McCabe. In March of that year, Comey rushed to the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft to physically stop White House officials in their bid to get his ailing boss to reauthorize a secret no-warrant wiretapping program.

But his prominent role in the 2016 presidential campaign raised questions about his judgment and impartiality.

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