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But the question of whether Sessions broke his promise to stay out of certain investigations is complicated and political.

Who was to blame?

But on March 20, Comey informed Congress that the FBI was investigating possible coordination between members of the Trump campaign team and Russian Federation - a scenario the president dismissed as "fake news". "When you're under investigation, you're given all sorts of documents", he said.

White House and other USA officials insisted on anonymity to disclose private conversations.

Back in October, Trump was outspoken in praising Comey's handling of the email probe, and he kept the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in his post upon taking office - in what critics saw as a tacit reward for his role in damaging Clinton's chances. "Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey", Trump said.

But for weeks, the Russian Federation investigation has not appeared to be going away.

Blumenthal pressed again, "So potentially, the President of the United States could be a target of your investigation into the Trump campaign's involvement with Russian interference in our election, correct?" On NBC's Today, Sanders said she would defer to the president himself for any additional details.

Kind of. The last high-profile special counsel to be named was in 2003 when the Bush Justice Department turned to Patrick Fitzgerald, then the top federal prosecutor in Chicago, to investigate who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer. Much of the information is probably classified, and Justice Department policies prevent officials from discussing ongoing criminal probes. "We had a very nice dinner". Comey also publicly dismissed Trump's claim that former President Barack Obama spied on him.

Trump advisers said the president met with Rosenstein, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on Monday after learning that they were at the White House for other meetings. President Trump has now acknowledged that he made a decision to fire Comey before receiving the Rosenstein memo. Rudalevige. The use of raw presidential power can mask weakness, he added, since it often means that presidents "haven't been able to get what they want through less public and dramatic means".

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But Thomas quickly erased the Bulls' only lead at 65-63 by scoring 10 in a 12-0 run and assisting Al Horford on the other hoop. We've just got to play for one another and play for the moment at hand, which is the playoffs, and have fun with it.

Rosenstein's three-page letter faulted Comey for his handling of an investigation previous year into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email practices as secretary of state. "How does that contribute to solving anything that has to do with Jim Comey's firing?" Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY asked on the Senate floor. "I'm pretty confident, because one thing we've learned from the last two years of Donald Trump is that what it seems like he's doing is exactly what he's doing".

The president was taken aback, according to a person with knowledge of the call.

A source close to Rogers said he's had "informal feelers", from White House officials about his interest in the job. Trump has continually picked fights with the USA intelligence community, and the firing of Comey could back to have impeachable consequences for this president and his administration.

That explanation left unanswered questions for a number of GOP senators.

McCabe was also at the center of a controversy in the Clinton email investigation - the case that administration officials have pointed to as Trump's basis for firing Comey. "And that reputation is now imperiled by your participation in the abrupt dismissal of FBI Director Comey".

During the first Republican primary debate, in August 2015, he responded to moderator Megyn Kelly's suggestion that he had called women "fat pigs" and "dogs" by saying he had done so only for O'Donnell.

Waiting would also have allowed the White House to put together a coherent story and transmit it to spokespeople and surrogates. Aides scrambled to rush out a statement on Comey's firing. "The White House called him out of the blue".

And he apparently would have done just that, had Trump not kicked him out of his office. Senate aides have told NPR that Comey met with key members just before he was sacked.

But as the response grew more critical, Trump ordered his press staff to get out and defend him. After 10 minutes, he ended the interview and made his way back inside the White House. He took a step out of the White House hedges, where he had been waiting after finishing a TV interview, and demanded that the cameras and their lights be turned off. He soon addressed more reporters, but only on the condition that he do so with lights and cameras off, in the dark.

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