Soon after he was inaugurated, President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to pledge his loyalty to him, a request that Comey turned down, CBS News' Pat Milton confirmed Thursday, citing a law enforcement source who was told the story by Comey. Trump has continually picked fights with the U.S. intelligence community, and the firing of Comey could back to have impeachable consequences for this president and his administration.
The White House previously said Trump only made a decision to oust Comey after meeting Monday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who discussed reasons for removing the director. I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard, ' said McCabe. But I never was asked to go out and lie. "You know that, I know that, everybody knows that". "You know that, I know that, everybody knows that".
Mr Comey has not commented since he was sacked. At the White House's prompting, Mr. Rosenstein Tuesday wrote a memo to the president detailing his concerns about the director's conduct. The FBI typically does not confirm their existence.
The contradicting portrayals of Comey raised further questions about Trump's motivations for firing him.
"And there will be lots of questions that come out of that", Hosko said. And on several specifics, his answers contradicted the story the White House has been telling, and suggested the Russian Federation probe is still full steam ahead, for now at least.
"I can not overstate how extraordinary it is", she said.
At a Senate hearing Thursday, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe would not confirm whether Comey did tell Trump that.
"But I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation, but I have to do the right thing for the American people", he continued, adding of Comey: "He's the wrong man for that position". "He's a showboat, he's a grandstander". They're also curious to learn about "any other constraints that might limit the FBI in conducting a thorough investigation".
He repeated denials of links between his campaign and Moscow.
"There's no collusion between me, my campaign and the Russians", he said.
While Trump said the outgoing Federal Bureau of Investigation director had left the agency in "turmoil", McCabe rejected any suggestion that Comey had lost the support of the rank and file.
Trump's characterization was odds with that of the top Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee. "And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen". Comey was investigating Russia's alleged hacking against Democrats during the election.