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President Trump: I Was Going to Fire James Comey 'Regardless of Recommendations'

President Trump: I Was Going to Fire James Comey 'Regardless of Recommendations'

The contradicting portrayals of Comey raised further questions about Trump's motivations for firing him.

He also reiterated several times that he has not spoken to anyone in the White House about the investigation and said he won't provide updates in the future.

Mr Comey, an Obama administration appointee, was leading the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

"Regardless of [the] recommendation I was going to fire Comey", Trump said.

"And I've heard that from others", Trump said.

"I said, 'You don't use steam anymore for catapult?' 'No sir.' I said, 'Ah, how is it working?' 'Sir, not good". If any FBI agents are considering quitting in protest of President Trump's brazenly political act, they shouldn't - unless and until Trump puts in place a new FBI director who is unambiguously beholden to him and if that new director interferes with the investigation. His account has not been confirmed and the FBI Director would not normally discuss an open investigation like that. You know that; I know that; everybody knows that.

"I can assure you we are covered", McCabe told the panel when asked if the FBI needs more money for the investigation. "I'm not talking about campaigns, I'm not talking about anything else".

Last July, Christie laid much of the blame on then U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who'd recused herself from the Clinton email investigation after she had an impromptu meeting with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac of a Phoenix airport. 'Cause all it is, is an excuse but I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation, but I have to do the right thing for the American people.

Said Trump: "In one case I asked him..."

The poll was conducted online May 9-11 among 1,731 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

The only believable explanation for the firing is that the FBI investigation is getting somewhere and poses a threat to Trump.

On Tuesday, the White House previously said President Trump fired Comey at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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At Thursday's White House press briefing, Huckabee Sanders said she had a chance to speak with the president before she went out to the podium and said the "last straw that pushed" him was Comey's testimony before Congress on May 3.

Members of the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, had argued that Trump merely accepted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's assessment that Comey was no longer an effective leader. I was going to fire regardless of recommendations.

Rosenstein did sign the memo pinning Comey's termination on the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director's conduct in the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information previous year.

"Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes", Rosenstein wrote.

McCabe also said there had so far been no effort to impede the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling attempts, adding "You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the constitution".

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

Trump told Holt that he didn't try to pressure Comey into dropping the FBI probe into his campaign and that his move shouldn't be seen as sending a message to Comey's successor to drop that investigation.

Trump also shockingly admitted that he improperly checked with Comey on the status of the FBI investigation into Russian Federation and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Anonymous Comey associates have told US media outlets that Comey never told Trump he was not being investigated.

McCabe said that Comey's firing will not hinder it.

The Associated Press reported that Comey sought additional resources for the Russian Federation investigation in the days before he was sacked.

CNN's report characterized this as a "surprising admission from the White House that Comey's sudden dismissal on Tuesday may have an effect on the Russian Federation probe".

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