Berks party leaders, lawmakers speak out on Comey firing

The firing came not long after Comey had requested additional resources for the investigation, according to US officials, although the Justice Department disputed that.

The Department of Justice denied there was such a request. In doing so, the Republican's administration pointed to that same October 28 letter as evidence that Comey had mishandled the investigation of Clinton and is not suited for the job.

The White House says Comey's firing was motivated exclusively by concerns over his handling of the high-stakes probe into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Republican Rep. Justin Amash of MI says he's leaning toward an "independent commission" to investigate Russian meddling. Everything else, from him and both parties and both houses of Congress and even Kellyanne Conway, who thinks she is a branch of government all by herself, is just more noise, from what is already the noisiest administration in history already. Chuck Schumer, renewed calls for a special prosecutor to be assigned to the Russian Federation investigation as he spoke from the Senate floor Wendesday.

Trump's comments came shortly after he hosted Russia's top diplomat at the White House, in his highest-level Kremlin encounter since taking office.

Agents critical of Comey's handling of the Clinton case nevertheless worry about what happens next.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, a Republican, and Democrat ranking member Mark Warner, said they had asked Mr Comey to appear before the committee next Tuesday.

Yes, the Trump administration is now discovering the downside of relying on a cut-and-paste of newspaper op-eds and cable TV interviews to justify the belated firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "He wasn't doing a good job".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had pondered dumping Comey as soon as he took office on January 20, but chose to stick with him. "Any person of legal mind and authority knows what a big deal that is". "Very simply. He was not doing a good job", said a stern-looking Mr Trump. Clinton named a replacement the next day.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe won't confirm President Donald Trump's account that fired director James Comey told him he wasn't under investigation.

However several former FBI agents have come out to speak highly of Comey and said, regardless of the intent, the outcome of the sacking will lead to a "chilling effect" on the Russian Federation investigation.

Impeachment might seem highly improbable with a Republican-controlled Senate and House, but the cries to "impeach Trump" will certainly grow louder now with Director Comey fired in the middle of his investigation of Donald Trump and the Trump administration's possible ties to Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation.

But sources cited by CNN said that Rosenstein's alleged role in Comey's firing seemed out of place.

The Senate intelligence committee Wednesday subpoenaed Mike Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser.

"Any suggestion that today's announcement is somehow an effort to stop the FBI's investigation of Russia's attempt to influence the election last fall is misplaced", Collins, a Republican, said.

Comey's firing was the latest and most significant White House-driven distraction from the Russian Federation investigations. Three times, Trump reported, Comey said no. Trump also said he planned to fire him no matter what the deputy attorney general recommended, despite wide-spread reporting that the recommendation from the deputy AG prompted the timing of the move to fire Comey. ". It is done and I will be fine".