White House Defends Changing Accounts in Comey Firing: 'Our Story Is Consistent'

New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, among others, disputed Pence's statement on Wednesday, claiming that several sources that he and other Times reporters had spoken with claimed Trump initiated the review.

Trump, she said, wants Justice Department officials "to continue with whatever they see appropriate and sees fit, just the same as he's encouraged the House and Senate committees to continue any ongoing investigations".

Trump also says he chose to fire Comey before his Monday meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - a revelation that indicates the rationale he provided to Comey in a letter announcing his termination was a pretext.

Trump also reiterated his claim that Comey personally told him that he was not under investigation by the FBI for possible connections to Russian Federation.

The White House used that assertion to justify Comey's firing.

The senator said the firing could have been an attempt to impede the investigation.

During his first public appearance as the FBI's top official, before the Senate Intelligence Committee midday Thursday, McCabe quickly summarized his long, close working relationship with Comey and said he holds the former director in the "absolute highest regard".

"The FBI investigation is picking up speed, and my concern, and the concern of many of my colleagues, is that the FBI director was sacked because he was beginning to get too close", Coons said Thursday on CNN's "New Day," according to The Hill. And after Nixon's firings, Brinkley said, a number of Republicans "started going after the leader of their own party" and that has not happened yet in Trump's case.

It would be highly unusual for someone who might be the focus of an FBI probe to ask whether he was under investigation and to be directly told by the FBI director that he was not. Fair enough. But he is only doing so to distract from the inescapable fact that the President has fired the director of the FBI while the FBI is carrying out an active criminal investigation into his inner circle. Former FBI agents said such a statement by the director would be all but unthinkable.

In the NBC interview, Mr. Trump also said he asked Mr. Comey on at least one occasion whether he was under investigation. "Well I can't talk about it", he told Fox News's Jeanine Pirro in a new interview.

A day after a White House spokeswoman called the FBI's Russian Federation investigation "probably one of the smallest things that they've got going on their plate, ' McCabe disagreed, calling it "a highly significant investigation". He said there has been no interference so far.

Sanders also said that the White House would "love" for the investigation "to be completed so that we can all move on".

Second, he said if the Federal Bureau of Investigation were to ask for more resources, the request would be made of Congress (which appropriates money) rather than the executive branch.

"I'll tell you this", Trump said, repeating, "if Russian Federation or anybody else is trying to interfere with our elections I think it's a disgusting thing and I want to get to the bottom of it and I want to make sure it will never ever happen". But the revelation intensified the pressure on the White House from both political parties to explain the motives behind Comey's stunning ouster. Some Dems have questioned the timing of Comey's sacking as that investigation is gaining steam.

And Trump himself tweeted later Wednesday, "Dems have been complaining for months & months about Dir". Rosenstein wrote a letter blasting Comey for his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer was given multiple opportunities Friday to deny that President Trump is recording his conversations. They suggested Trump was persuaded to take the step by Justice Department officials and a scathing memo, written by Rosenstein, criticizing the director's role in the Clinton investigation.

McCabe told senators it is not standard FBI practice to tell people if they are under investigation.

Related News:

  • North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions

    It's not unusual for Pyongyang to condemn Washington's moves to censure it, but direct protests to Congress are exceptionally rare.
    Most Voters Say White House Press Briefings Are Necessary

    Most Voters Say White House Press Briefings Are Necessary

    McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation. In a May 9 letter to Comey, Trump said the director had on three occasions assured him that he wasn't under investigation.

    Coca-Cola European Partners plc's (CCE) "Sell" Rating Reaffirmed at ABN Amro

    Cullen Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of The Coca-Cola during the first quarter valued at $842,000. The rating scale runs from 1 to 5 with 5 indicating a Strong Sell, 1 indicating a Strong Buy and 3 indicating a Hold.
  • Swansea closes in on EPL survival with 2-0 win at Sunderland

    Swansea closes in on EPL survival with 2-0 win at Sunderland

    Swansea have picked up a vital seven points from their last three, but on the road they've lost six of seven winless matches. Pinball in the Swansea area results in the ball breaking for Ndong, 12 yards from goal , however he slices wide.
    Kevin Durant calls NBA combine waste of time for top prospects

    Kevin Durant calls NBA combine waste of time for top prospects

    Zagoria said former Arizona center Chance Comanche's draft placement will rely on his performance at the Combine and in workouts. His draft stock rose after he averaged 18.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists on 44.3 percent shooting this past season.
    Syrian Kurds clear mines after taking town, dam from IS

    Syrian Kurds clear mines after taking town, dam from IS

    A US-led anti-Daesh coalition spokesman told reporters in Washington that the weapons would be "pointed at ISIS [Daesh]". On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that U.S.
  • Sergio still buzzing over his Masters title ahead of Players

    Sergio still buzzing over his Masters title ahead of Players

    But, as it so often does in life, when one inquiry is taken care of, more follow suit. "But we're not done here". Why, just four years ago, the Players' Stadium Course was the setting for a combative Sergio vs.
    Allergan Stock Falls on Declining U.S. Medicine Revenue, Goldman Downgrade

    Allergan Stock Falls on Declining U.S. Medicine Revenue, Goldman Downgrade

    RSI measures the speed and change of a stock price to warn investors when a stock's momentum has carried it too far. On average, equities research analysts predict that Allergan plc will post $16.09 EPS for the current fiscal year.
    UK's Labour Party stung by early leak of election platform

    UK's Labour Party stung by early leak of election platform

    Several newspapers and broadcasters had details of the policies overnight, including the Guardian, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Telegraph.
  • En Marche! Names 428 Candidates for French Parliamentary Election

    En Marche! Names 428 Candidates for French Parliamentary Election

    The rejection could prove troublesome for Valls, who risks expulsion from his Socialist Party for backing Macron's candidacy. In the village of Pieusse where Robert lives, Le Pen received 271 votes in Sunday's runoff, five more than Macron's 266.

    Wizards' Oubre suspended for Game 4 for knocking over Olynyk

    Oubre's incident with Olynyk came after Washington's Ian Mahinmi got into a brief scuffle with Jonas Jerebko of the Celtics. With that being said, I think the Celtics regroup and bounce back with a narrow win at home behind a big night from Thomas.
    Comey infuriated Trump with refusal to preview Senate testimony: Aides

    Comey infuriated Trump with refusal to preview Senate testimony: Aides

    But as demonstrated by Comey's departure three years into his term, that doesn't keep presidents from legally firing them. The firing has prompted Democrats to amplify their calls for an independent investigation of the Russian Federation case.


Most liked

Mummies Discovered In Minya, Egypt
The Touna el-Gabal site dates back to the Greco-Roman period between the third century BC and third century AD. In April, eight mummies were uncovered inside a 3,500-year-old tomb in the southern city of Luxor.

United Kingdom working to restore hospital systems after cyberattack
May said: "We are aware that a number of NHS organisations have reported that they have suffered from a ransomware attack". Microsoft has released software patches for the security holes, although not everyone has installed those updates.

Middlesbrough relegated after 3-0 defeat at leaders Chelsea
Chelsea can be crowned champions at West Brom on Friday night while Sunday could spell the end of Hull's stay in the top flight. However Chelsea's remarkable form this season will encourage owner Roman Abramovich to sanction a lucrative long-term deal.

Coach snags handbag rival Kate Spade in $2.4 billion deal
The stock has risen 17% since December 27, a day before the Wall Street Journal reported the company was looking to sell itself. Sales fell slightly in the quarter to $271 million, while earnings declined to 1 cent a share from 5 cents a year earlier.

Next Weeks Broker Price Targets For Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC)
The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link . The overall volume in the last trading session was 4.86 million shares, versus the average volume of 5.59 million shares.

Russia's Top Diplomat Meets With Trump at White House
He met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the White House early Wednesday, ahead of his visit to the Oval Office. Instead, they apparently focused on issues like ISIS and the ongoing war in Syria.

White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos
As he was entering the Oval Office, a reporter asked whether the dismissal of Comey "cast a shadow" over today's meetings. He and Lavrov said they discussed the civil war in Syria, where Russian Federation backs President Bashar Assad.

North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt
Pyongyang accuses US and South Korea spy agencies of attempt to assassinate country's leader with biochemical weapons. It has described regular US-South Korea military exercises as plans to "decapitate" its leadership.

Don't call me Caitlyn: Baby name plunges in popularity
The agency started releasing its popular baby name list by gender in 1997 but has collected names dating to 1880. Perhaps this can be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a singer/songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy in 2016.

Honor 8 Lite with 5.2-inch display, 12MP rear camera launched in…
One of the big credits to this device is that it runs Huawei's latest EMUI 5.0 along with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The Honor 8 Lite will be available in Premium Black color initially, followed by a blue color variant later this month.

Comey writes farewell letter, says he 'will be fine' after firing
Attorney General Sessions announced in March that he would recuse himself from matters relating to the investigation. The Trump administration said on Tuesday Comey was sacked because of his handling of the Clinton email probe .

White House Remains on Defensive After Firing FBI Director
Video shows Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein arriving on Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Intel leadership. "Very simple. White House officials say Trump had been contemplating firing Comey since last November's presidential election.

Coca-Cola European Partners Plc (CCE), Lloyds Banking Group plc (LYG)
While taking a look at financials, we can look at a number of key indicators about The Coca-Cola Company (KO ) . Argus assumed coverage on shares of Coca-Cola European Partners plc in a research note on Tuesday, March 7th.

Germany grants asylum to Turkish soldiers
Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner and is very important for us in matters of security. They declined comment on media reports that the Turks included soldiers.

Arsene Wenger hails Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal maintain push for Champions League
Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal were full value for their 2-0 win at Southampton that kept their Premier League top-four hopes alive. Southampton boss Claude Puel was frustrated after his side failed to take their chances with the game scoreless.