If the republican President Donald Trump thought that by the recent firing of the FBI Director James Comey, that the various investigations into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 US presidential elections as well as any possible coordination that the president, his team conducted with Russian operatives, would go away, he accomplished nothing more than delay the inevitable.
The consensus is that real reason the president fired the FBI Director Comey is that he could not control him. The president wanted to assure himself of the FBI director’s loyalty which was not going to happen. The president wants the story/ news about the Russian saga behind him. And frankly, his fury against the FBI Director Comey had been building.
There is a story which has been circulating out there, that the FBI Director Comey had asked for additional resources to manage the FBI’s Russia’s inquiry the day before he was fired, which wouldn’t have been well received by the White House. This detail has not yet been confirmed by Mr. Comey but it has been reported on by the NY times.
In an act of defiance, the US Senate Intelligence Committee members issued a subpoena on 5/10/17 for documentation related to the Senate’s inquiry into Russia’s interference in US politics.
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On 5/10/17, Steve Holland and Jeff Mason of Reuters penned the following article, “Comey infuriated Trump with refusal to preview Senate testimony: aides.”
“The anger behind Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday (5/9/17) had been building for months, but a turning point came when Comey refused to preview for top Trump aides his planned testimony to a Senate panel, White House officials said.”
“Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had wanted a heads-up from Comey about what he would say at a May 3 hearing about his handling of an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.”
“When Comey refused, Trump and his aides considered that an act of insubordination and it was one of the catalysts to Trump’s decision this week to fire the FBI director, the officials said.”
“It gave the impression that he was no longer capable of carrying out his duties,” one official said. Previews of congressional testimony to superiors are generally considered courteous.”
“Comey, who testified for four hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it made him feel “mildly nauseous” that his decision to make public his reopening of a probe into Clinton’s handling of classified information might have affected the outcome of the Nov. 8 presidential election. But he said he had no regrets and would make the same decision again.”
“Trump’s sudden firing of Comey shocked Washington and plunged Trump deeper into a controversy over his campaign’s alleged ties with Russia that has dogged the early days of his presidency.”
“Democrats accused the Republican president of firing Comey to try to undermine the FBI’s probe into Russia’s alleged efforts to meddle in the 2016 election and possible collusion with members of the Trump campaign, and demanded an independent investigation. Some of Trump’s fellow Republicans called his dismissal of Comey troubling.”
“The Trump administration said on Tuesday Comey was fired because of his handling of the Clinton email probe.”
“Before he axed Comey, Trump had publicly expressed frustration with the FBI and congressional probes into the Russia matter. Moscow has denied meddling in the election and the Trump administration denies allegations of collusion with Russia.”
“A former Trump adviser said Trump was also angry because Comey had never offered a public exoneration of Trump in the FBI probe into contacts between the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Sergei Kislyak, and Trump campaign advisers last year.”
“According to this former adviser, Comey’s Senate testimony on the Clinton emails likely reinforced in Trump’s mind that “Comey was against him.”
“He regretted what he did to Hillary but not what he did to Trump,” the former Trump adviser said.”
On 5/10/17, Dan Boylan of the Washington Times penned the following report, “Senate panel subpoenas former Trump national security adviser for documents.”
“The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena for documents from former Trump Administration National Security Advisor Michael Flynn related to their investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to a news release issued late Wednesday (5/10/17) from committee chair Sen. Richard Burr.”
“In February the White House forced Mr. Flynn to resign after reports emerged that the retired army lieutenant-general lied to Vice President Mike Pence about pre-inauguration discussions on sanctions he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.”
“According to Mr. Burr’s office, the Committee first requested these documents in an April 28 letter to Mr. Flynn.”
“Through his lawyer, Mr. Flynn declined to cooperate with the request.”
“On Monday 5/8/17, Obama-era acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates testified before a Congressional investigation that she told Trump administration attorneys that Mr. Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia, weeks before he resigned.”
“”In 2015, after retiring from the Defense Intelligence Agency, Mr. Flynn engaged in a trip to Moscow to participate in a gala anniversary celebration for Russia Today — commonly referred to as a Kremlin propaganda mouthpiece. He received roughly $33,000 for a 60-minute presentation given there.”