The Senate held hearings on Thursday, trying to shed light on the motives behind the ouster of now former Director of the FBI, James Comey.
Donald Trump is the first President to fire a law officer conducting an investigation against him since Richard Nixon.
Trump’s claims are “inaccurate”
The acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said that President Donald Trump’s claim that the rank and file of the FBI did not have confidence in James Comey was “not accurate.”
“I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” Andrew McCabe said.
Former FBI Director James Comey was leading an investigation examining the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Acting FBI Director McCabe reiterated that this is a “highly significant” and ongoing investigation.
Again, that is a direct contradiction to President Trump’s claim that there is no investigation against him.
In the letter firing James Comey, President Trump “thanked” the former FBI Director for assuring him – “three times” – that he was not under investigation. Mr. McCabe offered no comment on whether or not there were such as assurances, but he did asset that the ongoing investigation is adequately sourced.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell resisted calls for an independent investigation on President Trump’s relation with Russia, as the new FBI Director will be President Trump’s choice and, therefore, will lack credibility.
However, the Senate intelligence committee did subpoena President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, for documents related to the Russia investigation.
Trump keeps to his story
Later on Thursday, President Donald Trump went on to insist he is not under investigation, calling James Comey a “showboat” and a “grandstander,” while calling the investigation a “charade.” Trump claims he asked directly the former Director of the FBI whether he is under investigation to which he categorically replied: “you are not under investigation.”
Speaking to NBC news President Trump said that the decision to fire the FBI Director was motivated by his handling of the Hillary Clinton case, for which he had publically praised James Comey during the campaign.
Dems have been complaining for months & months about Dir. Comey. Now that he has been fired they PRETEND to be aggrieved. Phony hypocrites!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
Russia must be laughing up their sleeves watching as the U.S. tears itself apart over a Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2017
President Trump also recalled that he made his decision on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. The latter apparently drafted a Memo on which the President based his decision to fire the FBI Director.
The Justice Department has denied media reports that there were also attempts to slow down or otherwise disrupt the Russia investigation.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Trump had considered firing the FBI Director since he came to office, NBC reports.