Comey Asked for More Prosecutor Resources for Russia Probe

A previously-scheduled Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today on "Worldwide Threats" became the object of unexpected excitement given the recent dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, as Comey's interim replacement Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe came before the Committee instead.

Trump's assertions are slightly different than those made by the White House during Wednesday's press briefing. "This was an excuse for having lost an election".

Former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is reportedly on Trump's list to replace Comey.

McCabe said he has met with Trump this week but that the Russian Federation investigation did not come up, adding that he also has not spoken about the probe with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

McCabe did say Comey's firing has not affected the investigation.

Mr McCabe also vowed not to update the White House on the status of the investigation and to notify the Senate panel of any attempt to interfere with the inquiry.

Some Democratic senators said they believed the reports to be true, although a Justice Department spokeswoman rejected them as "totally false".

But Mr Trump's dismissal of the very man in charge of investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation has attracted allegations of a cover-up.

But Trump threw that explanation under the bus.

Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge.

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In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump slammed Comey as a "showboat" attention-seeker who had lost the confidence of the president and the agency he led. "I said: 'If it's possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?'" Trump told NBC. You know that, I know that.

In an extraordinarily personal and scathing assessment of the man he has just fired , the president described Mr Comey as a "showboat" and a "grandstander" who had left the Federal Bureau of Investigation in turmoil. "The FBI has been in turmoil".

"I actually asked him, yes. My decision", said Trump.

He refused to comment on what Comey did or didn't say, but when asked whether it would be common for an FBI director to notify someone they were not the target of an investigation, said "I'm not aware of that being a standard practice".

Holt, May 11: Monday you met with the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The probe has hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threatens to overwhelm his policy priorities.

Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to fire a law enforcement official overseeing an investigation with ties to the White House.

White House press aide Sarah Huckabee Sanders also acknowledged that the firing of Comey would affect the Russian Federation probe.

Trump: I was going to fire Comey.

Mr Comey was sacked on Tuesday by the Republican president, who said the issue was Mr Comey's inability to lead.

Rosenstein went to the Capitol Thursday to meet privately with the top ranking Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and discuss the events of this past week.

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