Sen. Lindsey Graham to President Trump: Stop Tweeting About the Russia Investigation

Trump's Dismissive Disingenuous Approach To Russian Probes

Trump, then the Republican Presidential Nominee, reacted favourably to the news.

On Friday, Trump tweeted what many viewed as a threat to Comey, claiming he would release "tapes" if the ousted director started flapping his gums to the media.

The White House has drawn criticism for the timing of Comey's firing, which occurred as the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible connections with the Trump campaign.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have cast a cloud over Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities. The president denounced the investigation into Russian collusion as a "witch hunt".

"It's shocking to the conscience".

At the beginning, Trump's aides said Comey's firing came at the suggestion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, but by Wednesday the word was that Trump had been considering firing Comey for a long time, and made the final determination after hearing from Sessions and Rosenstein.

The decision is subject to confirmation by the US Senate, where Republicans have a majority. But just days later, Trump criticized Comey for "protecting" Clinton, despite the FBI's conclusion that criminal charges were unwarranted.following the election, President Trump called Comey "more famous than me".

Trump is mulling expanding the communications team and has eyed hiring producers from Fox News, according to one White House official.




"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider", Trump said.

Two White House officials said some of Trump's frustration centers on what he views as unfair coverage of his decisions and overly harsh criticism of press secretary Sean Spicer, as well as deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders, who led much of the response to Comey's firing.

But the tensions over media coverage of the Comey firing are clearly rising.

"Regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt last week.

"They've been vetted over their lifetime, essentially, but very well-known, high-respected, really talented people", Trump said.

"I have no evidence that the President colluded with the Russians at all", Graham said.

US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

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