I Was Going to Fire Comey 'Regardless of Recommendation'

"The president asked that they put those concerns and their recommendation in writing, which is the letter that you guys have received", Sanders said, describing the president's instructions to Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The deputy attorney general objected to statements by White House aides citing Mr. Rosenstein's critical assessment of Mr.Comey's job performance to justify the firing. Later in the hearing, McCabe said he would not give the White House such updates on the investigation.

On Wednesday, the White House said Mr Comey had been fired by President Trump partly because he had lost the confidence of Federal Bureau of Investigation staff. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that while he couldn't be certain the request triggered Comey's dismissal, he said he believed the FBI "was breathing down the neck of the Trump campaign and their operatives and this was an effort to slow down the investigation".

While the White House initially claimed that Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the Justice Department, it trickled out throughout the day that Trump acted because he was frustrated that Comey would not end the Russian Federation investigation.

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The dinner, the president said, was because Comey "wanted to stay on".

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The Democrats should be ashamed.

The White House's explanations continued to crumble throughout the day Thursday.

"I said, if it's possible would you let me know, 'Am I under investigation?' Trump told Holt".

Democrats have been drawing parallels between Comey's firing and President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" firing of the independent special prosecutor overseeing the Watergate investigation in 1973. As chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Burr is leading one of the congressional investigations.

Yet on Thursday morning, Comey's successor, Acting Director Andrew McCabe, gave testimony suggesting that on this point the White House was lying. "He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey". But Mr Rosenstein's own role in the firing became increasingly murky on Wednesday. And now we have the firing of the director heading the investigation. McCabe promised to tell lawmakers if he comes under any political pressure that interferes with the continuing investigation into possible links between Russian Federation and associates of Trump.

The version of events that places responsibility squarely on Trump's shoulders is reinforced by a source close to Comey, who informed CNN that the two reasons behind Comey's firing were his refusals to personally assure the president of his loyalty and his acceleration of the Russian Federation investigation.

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