I wanted to fire 'showboat' James Comey anyway

Reuters

"James Comey made the mistake of thinking that just because he announced the FBI was investigating possible collusion between the Russian Government and the Trump campaign, he had unfettered job security", said Sam Nunberg, a former political adviser to Trump.

"Then during a phone call he said it, and then during another phone call he said it", Mr Trump elaborated.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe attends a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Trump's comments came amid increased criticism of the White House's evolving explanation of the firing.

The White House initially pushed back on criticism of the firing by hanging Trump's decision on the recommendation of Rosenstein, who was confirmed two weeks earlier on a broad bipartisan basis. "You know that, I know that".

Three U.S. officials said Comey recently asked Rosenstein for more manpower to help with the Russian Federation investigation. Sen. How can you be totally candid with the guy now and not measure everything you say?

"He said, 'you are not under investigation, '" Trump claimed, repeating an assertion he first made as he announced Comey's firing. You know that; I know that; everybody knows that. "I mean he told me that", the president said. "Me, personally. I'm not talking about campaigns, I'm not talking about anything else".

"I'm not under investigation", he repeated.

Trump's comments came just hours after new acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the FBI would continue to move forward with its Russian Federation investigation.

"That was just another one of the many reasons that he no longer had the confidence of the president or the rest of the FBI", Sanders said.

Voters were about evenly divided on whether Trump did the right thing in firing Comey, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll, and their stance is heavily influenced by party identification. Now that he has been fired, they are coming forward - albeit anonymously.

He said that while he received a scathing assessment of Comey's performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday, that memo was not a catalyst for his dramatic decision as the White House had said earlier.

There have always been reports indicating that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because the latter would not sufficiently assure the former of his loyalty. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., "Have you ruled out the President of the United States?" He even teased it by saying, "You'll see something that is wonderful". Rosenstein wrote a letter blasting Comey for his handling of the Clinton email investigation. It's completely different for the FBI Director to question the mental fitness and sanity of the man.

Rosenstein has been in his job for only about two weeks.

McCabe, who is a candidate to take over as interim Federal Bureau of Investigation director, treaded carefully during the two-hour hearing, backing parts of the White House account of Comey's ouster and at times contradicting it.

The termination letter from President Trump to Comey.

Comey sent a letter to Congress on October 28, 11 days before the election, saying the bureau had recovered additional emails in an unrelated case and was reopening its Clinton investigation.

'I was going to fire Comey.

Comey informed lawmakers of that request after the Senate Intelligence Committee, conducting its own investigation, asked the FBI to speed up its inquiry, a source told the Reuters news agency. Although the panel was meeting as part of an annual review of threats to the U.S., Comey's dismissal was the dominant topic.

Trump blamed Democrats for the Russian Federation storyline.

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