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August 23 2017, 06:04 | Irvin Gilbert
"He'll do it when he wants to, just like he fired FBI Director Comey when he was faced with evidence that was unignorable". "If you don't trust his decision making process, or are uncertain about it like I am, then you question why he did it and how he will make his choice of replacement".
The President met behind closed doors this afternoon with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, but no readout of the meeting was provided to the white House pooler.
The White House has denied that, and it said Comey was sacked over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. "Even the dumb people will understand what you are trying to get away with".
The White House has vigorously defended the decision to remove Mr Comey despite condemnation from both parties in Washington.
Still, none of their calls quite reached the pitched level of Democrats, who were virtually united in their calls for a special prosecutor to take over the FBI's investigation.
In response to President Trump's surprising firing Tuesday night of FBI Director James Comey, congressional Republicans largely maintained a united front and resisted calls for a special prosecutor to helm the ongoing investigation into Russian Federation and the election. The president first made that the assertion in the Tuesday letter to Comey notifying him of his termination.
Some Republican members who fell short of calling for an independent investigation said they want to be briefed by Administration officials on why Comey was sacked this week.
At the time of his departure, Comey was leading an investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election, including looking into possible collusion between Trump campaign advisers and Moscow.
In his letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"The idea that Trump can now appoint the person that's going to oversee the investigation of his administration and Trump-Russia ties - there's something absolutely not right about that", said Collins.
Trump said he fired Comey following "clear" advice from Sessions and Rosenstein, who, among other reasons, cited Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the reason he should be dismissed.
Mr Comey's surprise dismissal on Tuesday stunned Washington and plunged Donald Trump deeper into a controversy over his campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation. "Very simply. He was not doing a good job", Trump told reporters while sitting alongside Kissinger.
"Given the timing, that the reason was Comey was sacked was because Donald Trump wants to cut off any investigation into any connections that he has with his campaign and connections to the Russians", she said.
The interim chief would serve until Congress confirms a permanent director, which could take some time given bipartisan angst over Comey's firing.