Trump's own version of Comey drama raises more questions than it answers

Trump's own version of Comey drama raises more questions than it answers

He declined an invitation to appear at a closed meeting of the Senate intelligence committee next week.

Asked if the decision or an announcement could take place before he leaves for Saudi Arabia on Friday, Trump said: "Even that is possible".

Trump defended the struggle by his administration to come up with a consistent timeline and rationale for the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey this week.

When Trump then pressed for "honest loyalty", Comey told him, "You will have that", the associates said. "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally". "Warner and myself to make", Burr said. It initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus, only to have that version undercut by Trump himself. But the White House has denied those reports. They also commented only condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Trump has learned what the White House press corps has learned in this new age of politics in the United States: You can't.

Mr Comey wrote to colleagues after the decision to say he does not plan to dwell on Donald Trump's decision to fire him or on "the way it was executed". Mitch McConnell, Josh Holmes, said McConnell is interested in the suggestion.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said the new Federal Bureau of Investigation director should be someone "not of partisan background" with "great experience" and "courage".

Rosenstein has not responded publicly to the president's shifting claims about his role in Comey's firing. He also, like Nixon, has grown increasingly isolated in the White House, recently relying on only a small circle of family members and loyal advisers while livid about the West Wing's failing efforts to get ahead of the damaging Russian Federation story, according to several people close to Trump. Schumer asked for answers to the questions by Monday.

The first candidate has already been interviewed.

"It's now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1", said Graham, R-S.C.

Senior Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats Patrick Leahy and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who oversee funding for the Justice Department, are also trying to clarify that point with Rosenstein.

Even before Trump's provocative tweets, the White House was scrambling to clarify why Comey was sacked.

Unclear is whether senators will get the opportunity to hear from another key player who could set part of the record straight: Comey.

A committee member from Alaska, Peter Goldberg, refers to controversy over Comey as "just a distraction" and says it's going to go away.

In a Congress hearing earlier Thursday, FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe confirmed that the FBI had not felt any interference and promised to inform Congress should it happen.

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