'Phony hypocrites!': Trump unloads on Democrats over backlash to Comey firing

Rachel Smalley asks why sack James Comey now? Why not last year when it was front-page news

Rachel Smalley asks why sack James Comey now? Why not last year when it was front-page news

The speaker called on the White House to nominate a "capable" replacement for Comey "very soon" and sought to reassure the FBI's rank-and-file that "their jobs are valuable and that they have to keep doing what they're doing [and] do their jobs objectively and thoroughly".

Trump had been considering letting Comey go "since the day he was elected" in November, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

President Donald Trump defended his firing of Comey on Wednesday, asserting in a flurry of tweets that both Democrats and Republicans "will be thanking me".

"You are hereby terminated and removed from the office, effective immediately", Mr. Trump said in the letter.

"I'm sure you all have heard, but FBI Director James Comey's been fired", Whoopi Goldberg announced to the audience who could be heard cheering. "His dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the committee", Burr said.

Prior to his dismissal, Comey was scheduled to testify Thursday at the World Wide Threats Hearing with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, but will now be replaced by Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

Three U.S. officials said Comey recently asked Rosenstein for more manpower to help with the Russian Federation investigation. Sen.

Senate Democrats say they are seeking details from the Justice Department on whether Comey, before his firing, requested additional funds and personnel for the FBI's probe of Russian Federation ties.

At the center of the scrutiny is whether the deputy attorney general of the Justice Department, Rod Rosenstein, was instructed to draft a memo justifying the removal of FBI Director James Comey or whether he made a decision to write the document without direction.

"We also need to reassure all Americans that the rule of law is being followed, and that the President, Attorney General, and Deputy Attorney General are not trying to thwart justice". Mr. Clinton said his attorney general, Janet Reno, reviewed Mr. Sessions's leadership and concluded "in no uncertain terms that he can no longer effectively lead the bureau".

A senior official who spoke to DailyMail.com on Wednesday afternoon admitted that there was nothing in the protocol keeping Trump from calling Comey, though - if he'd wanted to. And for them to try to attack him for doing his job? On NBC's "Today", Sanders said she would defer to the president himself for any additional details.

It's unclear whether Rosenstein was aware his report would be used to justify the director's ouster.

"There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date".

The president is expected to visit Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters as soon as Friday, according to White House officials.

A farewell letter from Comey that circulated among friends and colleagues said he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or on "the way it was executed".

The last person to fire an FBI Director was Bill Clinton over questions about the use of planes for personal purposes. Many members of the Senate Democratic caucus showed up for McConnell's opening speech, a rare moment for the US Senate where morning business is typically managed with little fanfare.

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