After James Comey firing, Democrats call for special prosecutor in Russian Federation probe

He has been covering all this closely for The New York Times.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters it was her "understanding" Comey had been seeking more resources for his investigation into the tangled Russian Federation controversy.

The most delicate role in this dark tale is the one played by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

As Justice Department leaders interviewed four candidates for the role of interim Federal Bureau of Investigation director, some were anxious about whom Trump would select as Comey's permanent replacement.

Minority leader Chuck Schumer said, "If deputy attorney general Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire director Comey was part of a cover-up".

What you have learned about that? And CNN anchor Jake Tapper cited a "source close to Comey" as saying he was dismissed because he would not pledge personal loyalty to Trump and because the Russian Federation probe was "accelerating".

It's possible that CNN's source got it wrong. "I know that some are obsessed with the word Russia, Russia, Russia". He waited almost a full 24 hours after Comey's firing to make a public statement on the issue, which he called "no small thing, and quite a serious matter".

Comey, in the letter, said that he would be fine and would not spend time thinking about the decision or the way it was executed, CNN reports.

Andrew Arena, a former special agent in charge, said current FBI employees he spoke with as news of Comey's ouster spread anxious about the future of the bureau.

Rosenstein's memo did not include a specific recommendation to remove Comey from office but does lay out the rationale that the Trump administration used to fire him.

He continued, "At this hour, one of two things is already and irretrievably underway: either the end of Trump, or the end of American democracy, because both can not continue, because simply - you can not fire the man who is investigating you".

"We don't think it's necessary", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

It is not clear whether McCabe will stay on as acting director. You know, there would be no reason for him to put the brakes on the Russian Federation investigation, you know, just because Jim Comey was sacked.

"I feel like what happened yesterday was truly shocking, and the Republicans won't stand up and do what they should without somebody pressing them", said demonstrator Kelli Rowedder, a 34-year-old teacher from Washington. He sailed through the Senate confirmation process as the No. 2 Justice Department official less than three weeks ago on a 94-to-6 vote.

Since starting with the FBI in 1995, Anderson's focus has been on public corruption, civil rights and government fraud investigations during stints at the bureau's offices in Miami, Washington, New Orleans and Dallas. But given concerns by members of Congress in both parties over Comey's dismissal, it's unlikely a permanent director will be in place soon. Even agents who disagreed with some of the decisions he made in the Clinton case regarded him as professional and well-intentioned and a strong leader.

The White House also issued a timeline claiming how Trump lost confidence in Comey over the course of the last several months.

MATT APUZZO: Yes, they didn't really elaborate on that.


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