Donald Trump and James Comey: A timeline

So it is all the more imperative that Mr. Trump act promptly in choosing a man or woman to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation who can not be impugned or pushed around, and that the ongoing probes of the 2016 campaign by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Congress proceed without obstacles no matter where they lead.

One would expect Republicans to jump to defend their party's president like this, but even some members of the mainstream press have bought into the Trump administration's superficial reasoning.

Again, Trump brought the issue back to Russian Federation, referencing a former head of intelligence's assertion that Trump was, to his knowledge, not colluding with Moscow.

"So she [Clinton] should have fired him, but he [Trump] shouldn't fire him", Alexander asked the congresswoman, in a highly contentious discussion during which he seemed unable to see the simple distinction. "It's a totally rigged system". If the president is the target, the matter belongs to the House. He welcomes Comey with comments such as, "Oh, there's James, he's become more famous than me", before patting him on the back and shaking his hand.

The president showed no concern that the request might be viewed as meddling in the active FBI investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian interference in last year's presidential election. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says "there's no reason to believe he doesn't [have the president's full confidence] at this time".

The Trump administration has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russian Federation investigation. "You know that, I know that. You know, it's going to be interesting".

"The US president also acknowledged that Russia was on his mind when he made the decision to sack James Comey, who had been heading a probe into suspected Russian influence in the 2016 election".

Later, Trump tweets that Comey was "the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds".

"This is why I'm confused", Alexander said to Waters.

That startling admission fanned suggestions that Trump may be interfering with the investigation and promoted Comey allies to refute Trump's account of events.

Mr. Comey's account, his answer to Mr. Trump's initial question apparently did not satisfy the president, the associates said. A letter released to the public says his decision was based on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein. "I was going to fire regardless of recommendation". "I said, 'If it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?' He said, 'You are not under investigation, '" Trump recounted, repeating an assertion made when the White House announced Comey's firing Tuesday.

May 11, 2017 - Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe tells Senate Intelligence Committee that "Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day".

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