Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief for 'insubordination'

Monday, 15 May, 2017

If you're finding it hard to keep track of all the latest developments, here's a timeline to help you.

Mr Comey had been due to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to speak on Russian Federation on Thursday - its chairman, Richard Burr, said he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination".

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats - a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major U.S. political scandal.

"I might even lengthen out the investigation", Trump said. "It's a phony investigation", he tells at a campaign rally in the state of Florida.

"It took a lot of guts". As I was finishing this animation, the Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the US presidential election subpoenaed Michael Flynn. I was not his fan. "Maybe I'll expand that, you know, lengthen the time (of the investigation) because it should be over with, in my opinion, should have been over with a long time ago". "My decision", Trump said. She is being protected by a rigged system. The White House informed Comey by sending him an email with several documents, including Rosenstein's memo.

"I was going to fire Comey". Here Trump is admitting that his dissatisfaction with Comey was based, at least in part, on Comey's decision to pursue an investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. In the runup to the inauguration, a senior administration official told Esquire that the transition team was considering evicting the White House press corps from the James Brady briefing room.

In a letter to Comey on Tuesday, Trump said the decision was made based on recommendations from Sessions and Rosenstein. "Which I knew anyway".

"He was leading an active counterintelligence investigation into any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government or its representatives, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts to interfere in our election".

"And while it's clear to me now more than ever that an independent special counsel must be appointed, make so mistake our committee will get to the bottom of what happened during the 2016 presidential election", Warner said.

In a letter removing Comey as the agency's director, Trump wrote that he agreed with a Department of Justice assessment that the director was "not able to effectively lead the Bureau".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be invited to hold an all-senators briefing next week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday. The Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly has been looking into money laundering penalties levied against the Taj in 2015.

The White House has not commented on the story to CBS News, although Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Times, "We don't believe this to be an accurate account", adding, "The integrity of our law enforcement agencies and their leadership is of the utmost importance to President Trump".

Trump promptly contradicted this sequence of events the following day in an interview with NBC News by saying that he meant to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's opinion.