Donald Trump says he fired James Comey because he was 'unpopular'

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"I think the Intelligence committees are the right place to do that", the Speaker said. In a reported memo, Comey allegedly says Trump asked him to let the probe into Flynn go.

This was different than the version of events he told NBC News' Lester Holt last week. Later, the president claimed he had fired Mr Comey after deciding that the FBI investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation was baseless.

Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein knew James B. Comey was about to be fired before writing his scathing memo to President Trump about the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, senators said Thursday.

President Donald Trump lashed out again Thursday at the ongoing inquiries into his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, counteracting an earlier, more measured response from the White House.

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He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to former Democratic President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things".

"The entire thing has been a witch hunt", he declared, echoing one of the tweets he'd sent out just after dawn: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

The White House Counsel's office represents the presidency, but aides are making the case to Trump that he needs an outside legal team for this probe.

Trump last week fired ex-FBI Director James Comey, whose agency was investigating the president's campaign, and reports since then have raised questions about whether he had tried to influence the investigation. Claire McCaskill said that Rosenstein, who has come under scrutiny for being perceived as the inspiration for Trump firing Comey, told the senators that Trump was planning on terminating Comey before the deputy attorney general wrote his letter of recommendation. Dems seek meeting with Ivanka Trump on women's health Nunes still viewing Russia intel after recusal: report House held back ObamaCare repeal bill for potential second vote MORE (R-Wis.) on Thursday said the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russian election meddling will not interfere with ongoing investigations being conducted by lawmakers. He also told network anchors at the White House on Thursday that appointing a special counsel "hurts the country".

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