Trump strongly disagreed. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, “hurts our country terribly”.
“I don’t think I’m in a position to give any advice to President Trump. I’m fine with whatever people want to do, but we have to get back to running this country really, really well”.
As previously reported, Trump’s team also set up a dinner meeting with Comey where the President is reported to have demanded loyalty of the FBI Director.
Jones agreed with Banks’s take on the investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election and possible ties to the Trump administration.
But Trump, after issuing a measured statement when the news first broke Wednesday evening, allowed his resentment to burst forth Thursday in angry morning tweets.
Mr Trump responded by once again denying any links to Moscow, but a new Reuters report quoting current and former United States officials said Mr Michael Flynn and other advisers to Mr Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials on at least 18 occasions during the last seven months of the presidential race.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, President Trump described the move as a “witch hunt“. In addition to complaining he was being abused in unprecedented ways, he took aim anew at his presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, saying she never faced a special counsel despite “all the illegal acts that took place” in her campaign.
“Believe me, there’s no collusion”, Trump said. “I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead”. Trump is now represented by White House Counsel Don McGahn, as well as personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who himself is embroiled in the Russian Federation controversy.
“He learned the president’s decision to fire him and then he wrote his memo with his rationale”, Senator Durbin said.
“He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction”, Mr. Wittes said Mr. Comey told him.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham took it a step further, saying that the Justice Department’s look into the Trump campaign’s possible Russian Federation ties is “now considered a criminal investigation”.
On a day of fast-moving developments, the House intelligence committee announced that it, too, had asked for documents, in this case from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.
Asked if he’d ever done anything that would merit impeachment, Trump said, “I think that’s totally ridiculous”. Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr indicated at one point that Flynn was resisting the committee’s document subpoenas, but later clarified that he hadn’t actually heard from Flynn’s lawyer to that effect and he would welcome “their willingness to cooperate”.
Flynn was ousted earlier this year from his senior administration job.