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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of fallout from president Donald Trump’s firing on Tuesday of FBI director James Comey.
The White House has said, in a series of official letters, that Comey was fired for mishandling an investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. But that explanation is the object of intense skepticism this morning, with critics claiming that Trump has attacked the independence of the justice department and the rule of law, either out of personal anger or impulsiveness, or out of a desire to protect himself or his associates from the law.
The Rosenstein memo is dated…today. So there was no real recommendation from DOJ. Trump wanted to do it, and they created a paper trail.
Gov. John Kasich statement on James Comey pic.twitter.com/Wrwj6sGqnz
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
While the President has the legal authority to remove the Director of the FBI, I am disappointed in the President’s decision to remove James Comey from office. James Comey is a man of honor and integrity, and he has led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances. I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.
my statement on Comey firing pic.twitter.com/Mc4o4pnQav
Just now: Giuliani here at the Trump hotel, says he thinks Trump was correct to fire Comey. pic.twitter.com/a8PiCSbQG4
The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!