US President Donald Trump's frustrations are boiling over after James Comey dismissal

Posted May 17, 2017

On the question of whether Trump fired Comey because of his mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server when she was secretary of state, 38 percent agreed, 43 percent disagreed and 19 percent had no opinion. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the US election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign. His administration then spent the next three days telling a shifting story about why Trump chose to fire Comey when he did.

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Other Trump allies say the president would benefit from getting outside Washington and traveling the country to talk about tax reform, trade and other policy initiatives, rather than seething at cable news and tweeting about what he watches.

After Trump made a decision to fire Comey, he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat a year ago.

"You can't be cute about tapes", the North Carolina lawmaker said. He did not interview Saturday, but his name is on the list of people Trump is considering.

John Conyers and Elijah Cummings' letter noted "it is a crime to intimidate or threaten any potential witness with the intent to influence, delay or prevent their official testimony".

White House officials initially said Trump acted on a Justice Department recommendation, but the president later said he would have fired Comey anyway, calling the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief a "showboat".

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Trump is traveling to Lynchburg, Va., to give the commence address for the Class of 2017 at Liberty University. "So you don't need a special prosecutor", Graham said on "Meet the Press".

The two modern presidents who came closest to removal from office-Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton-were both accused of obstruction of justice.

Trump, who has sought better relations with Russian Federation, has continued to question whether Russian Federation was behind the hacking of email accounts belonging to Democrats involved in Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

Comey, however, has indicated that he would publicly testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee if the panel agrees to arrange one. An official familiar with the matter told Reuters that Comey had agreed in principle to testify behind closed doors.

And Trump, he believes, could do similarly, particularly given the lifestyle he enjoys outside of the White House. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Mr. Trump said. Comey instead told Trump he could count on his honesty, the Times said. Trump said Comey wanted to have the dinner because he wanted to stay on in the job.

Separately, Representative Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump's tweets had two purposes: to "threaten the FBI director he just fired in the middle of the Russian Federation investigation - and who may now be a witness", and to justify conflicting stories from the White House. "I would find that very inconsistent with what I know of Jim Comey", Clapper told MSNBC, adding it would have been "out of character for him to ask to stay on".