Trump’s war with Comey may be over, but the fallout is just beginning
The Latest on President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey (all times local):10:20 a.m.
President Donald J. Trump is making good on a campaign promise to end the “witch hunt” against former FBI Director Jim Comey, saying in a tweet Friday that he has “taken my job very seriously.”
Mr. Trump’s tweet followed a day of escalating tensions between the White House and the FBI over the agency’s handling of the bureau’s probe into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Mr. Trump and his top advisers “are very happy” with the decision to fire the former FBI director.
Mr. Spicer said the president and his team “really wanted to get this done” but it was not something that they had done before.
He said Mr. Comey “wasn’t a good director,” adding, “I think the president’s opinion on him is well known.”
White House press secretaries Josh Earnest and Josh Earny declined to comment on the tweets.
President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions meet with reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White Senate office building in Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 16, 2021.
President Trump said Friday that his decision to terminate Mr. James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was based on his belief that “we need to take a much harder look at Russia’s efforts and whether there was any collusion.”
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President Trump is not likely to be able to fire James Comey, the former director of national intelligence who was fired by Mr. Obama last week, White Senate press secretary Josh Earnst said Friday.
But Mr. Earnst noted that the president has a “broad array of options” to fire Mr. Mueller.
White House officials said the President was likely to have to seek the support of the House and Senate to fire Ms. Comey.
“He is likely to seek their support in the Senate,” Earnst told reporters.
WhiteHouse press secretary Sarah Sanders said Mr: Trump “was not going to do it for political reasons, and frankly he did not have the votes.”
Ms. Sanders said it was unclear what Mr. Priebus and Vice President Mike Pence would do if they found themselves in a similar situation with the president.
She also said there were other potential scenarios, including whether Mr. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, could seek to intervene, a possibility she said the WhiteHouse “absolutely” wants to discuss.
Ms. Comey was appointed FBI director in the Obama administration and left her job to join the private sector.
She was considered one of the brightest, most respected intelligence officials in the nation.
Her dismissal comes at a particularly sensitive time for the Trump administration, which has been rocked by multiple controversies in recent weeks, including Mr. Spicer’s abrupt firing of the director of its national security unit.
Mr Trump has denied that he pressured Ms. McCabe to step down and has been dogged by a string of controversies, including the Russia investigation.
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Ms, McCabe has been one of several people who has been targeted in the FBI’s Russia investigation, including a former Clinton aide, two people familiar with the matter told The Wall, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is still active.
The Trump administration has repeatedly suggested the investigation into Ms. Lynch is politically motivated and that she was motivated to recuse herself because she was a Clinton aide.
The White House has declined to confirm whether any investigation is underway, saying only that it “remains a top priority.”
The investigation is part of the Justice Department’s probe of Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election.
The administration has said the Russians sought to undermine Ms. Clinton’s campaign and influence the outcome of the race.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government has repeatedly denied interfering in the U.S. election.
The FBI’s investigation is being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is a former FBI official who was appointed special counsel by Mr Trump in May to oversee the probe.
Ms McCabe has long been a political ally of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the first woman to hold the office.
Mr Dunford told reporters Friday that the decision was a “tough decision” and that “she was a good friend