Donald Trump sacking FBI's Comey 'reeks of Russian cover up' Democrat claims

Donald Trump sacking FBI's Comey 'reeks of Russian cover up' Democrat claims

"President Trump has repeatedly taken steps to kill inquiries into Russia's involvement in the U.S. election", Vermont Senator Mr Sanders said. I have no trouble believing that Rosenstein disagrees strongly with the way Comey handled the Clinton matter.

A look at key moments in Comey's tenure and the lead-up to Trump's decision to fire him.

Tuesday, the man heading the investigation into allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and President Trump's victorious campaign for the White House was sacked - by the White House.

The 56-year-old had been in the middle of speaking to the bureau employees when the breaking news alert came flashing across the TVs, according to ABC News.

Comey, who was appointed by former Democratic President Barack Obama, had 6-1/2 years left in his term as director of an agency with 56 USA field offices and more than 30,000 employees.

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The Arizona senator said he has long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russian interference in the election and said Trump's decision to remove Comey "only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee".

But the Federal Bureau of Investigation conceded on Tuesday that Ms Abedin had only sent two email chains containing classified information to her husband for printing. Cornyn is just fine with it all, saying Comey serves at the "pleasure of the president". The rest occurred as backup from other devices, the AP reports. In doing the president's bidding, he recommended that Comey be terminated over how he disclosed information about the Clinton investigation previous year. They do so using language that even Clinton backers would probably support. "It's clearly part of a cover-up, and it's part of a pattern - he fired Yates, he fired [U.S. Attorney] Preet Bharara, and now he fires Comey".

Democrats immediately renewed their calls for the appointment of an independent investigator in the Russian Federation investigation. The president didn't help his cause by specifically asserting that he was "not under investigation" in his letter to Mr Comey.

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March 8, 2017: During a cybersecurity conference at Boston College, Comey said he planned to serve his entire 10-year term, quipping, "You're stuck with me for another 6½ years". That may have been an exaggeration at the time. "That firing led indirectly but certainly to the resignation of President Nixon". He then laughed, thinking it was a prank, the Times said.

Clinton and other Democrats say they believe Comey's decision help cost her the election.

"I know this was a hard decision for all concerned", said Graham, who received a personal phone call from Trump just minutes prior to the announcement. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he told Trump "you are making a big mistake" when the president called to inform him about the informing. But I'll tell you what he did, he brought back his reputation. "Nearly everyone agrees that the director made serious mistakes".

He says Comey's firing comes after he dismissed acting Attorney General Sally Yates and almost every US attorney.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's primary opponent, said Trump's sudden termination of Comey "raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding".

Comey appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and was grilled for his decision to recommend against charging Clinton. "Were those investigations getting too close to home for the President?"

"Why did it happen today?" asked Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of NY.

"This does not seem to be a coincidence", he added.