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  •  President Donald Trump railed against the fake media in a series of Twitter postings early on Friday going as far as threatening to cancel daily news briefings at the White House A political firestorm has engulfed Washington since Trump s sacking of FBI director James Comey who was leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump election campaign and Russia Trump once again went after Comey whom he had called a showboat and grandstander in an interview on Thursday James Comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press Trump threatened on Twitter The White House has offered contradicting explanations for Trump s surprise firing of Comey on Tuesday fueling accusations he was attempting to shut down the FBI probe In addition to blasting Comey the president also took the opportunity to lash out at the press The fake media is working overtime today As a very active president with lots of things happening it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy Trump said He wrote that all future White House briefings with reporters could be scrapped and replaced with written responses to questions Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide NAN
    Trump threatens media, ex-FBI chief in Twitter tirade
     President Donald Trump railed against the fake media in a series of Twitter postings early on Friday going as far as threatening to cancel daily news briefings at the White House A political firestorm has engulfed Washington since Trump s sacking of FBI director James Comey who was leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump election campaign and Russia Trump once again went after Comey whom he had called a showboat and grandstander in an interview on Thursday James Comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press Trump threatened on Twitter The White House has offered contradicting explanations for Trump s surprise firing of Comey on Tuesday fueling accusations he was attempting to shut down the FBI probe In addition to blasting Comey the president also took the opportunity to lash out at the press The fake media is working overtime today As a very active president with lots of things happening it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy Trump said He wrote that all future White House briefings with reporters could be scrapped and replaced with written responses to questions Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide NAN
    Trump threatens media, ex-FBI chief in Twitter tirade
    Foreign6 years ago

    Trump threatens media, ex-FBI chief in Twitter tirade

    President Donald Trump railed against the “fake media” in a series of Twitter postings early on Friday, going as far as threatening to cancel daily news briefings at the White House.

    A political firestorm has engulfed Washington since Trump’s sacking of FBI director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump election campaign and Russia.

    Trump once again went after Comey, whom he had called a “showboat” and “grandstander” in an interview on Thursday.

    “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press” Trump threatened on Twitter.

    The White House has offered contradicting explanations for Trump’s surprise firing of Comey on Tuesday, fueling accusations he was attempting to shut down the FBI probe.

    In addition to blasting Comey, the president also took the opportunity to lash out at the press: “The fake media is working overtime today.

    “As a very active president with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy” Trump said.

    He wrote that “all future” White House briefings with reporters could be scrapped and replaced with written responses to questions.

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

     

  •  The Senate Intelligence Committee had its first chance on Thursday to question the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in the wake of President Donald Trump s decision to fire James Comey Andrew McCabe became acting director after Trump fired Comey on Tuesday He is filling Comey s shoes at the previously scheduled hearing which was supposed to discuss worldwide threats but took on new significance after Comey s firing The chairman of the committee Sen Richard Burr asked the panel which includes other top intelligence chiefs to focus on the original topic of the hearing Sen Mark Warner the top Democrat on the committee said that would be difficult to do The timing of director Comey s dismissal to me and many members of the committee on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling Warner said McCabe told the committee that he could not comment after being asked about conversations Comey had with Trump The question referred to Trump s statement Tuesday in his letter dismissing Comey that he greatly appreciate Comey informing him that he is not under investigation Despite attempts by Republicans on the committee to stick to the broader questions about threats to U S security Democrats on the committee are largely questioning McCabe and other top officials about investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election The White House justified the firing of Comey based on his handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair However opposition Democrats suspects said it was because the FBI was advancing its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide NAN
    U.S. Senate committee questions FBI boss amid Comey’s firing
     The Senate Intelligence Committee had its first chance on Thursday to question the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in the wake of President Donald Trump s decision to fire James Comey Andrew McCabe became acting director after Trump fired Comey on Tuesday He is filling Comey s shoes at the previously scheduled hearing which was supposed to discuss worldwide threats but took on new significance after Comey s firing The chairman of the committee Sen Richard Burr asked the panel which includes other top intelligence chiefs to focus on the original topic of the hearing Sen Mark Warner the top Democrat on the committee said that would be difficult to do The timing of director Comey s dismissal to me and many members of the committee on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling Warner said McCabe told the committee that he could not comment after being asked about conversations Comey had with Trump The question referred to Trump s statement Tuesday in his letter dismissing Comey that he greatly appreciate Comey informing him that he is not under investigation Despite attempts by Republicans on the committee to stick to the broader questions about threats to U S security Democrats on the committee are largely questioning McCabe and other top officials about investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election The White House justified the firing of Comey based on his handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair However opposition Democrats suspects said it was because the FBI was advancing its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide NAN
    U.S. Senate committee questions FBI boss amid Comey’s firing
    Foreign6 years ago

    U.S. Senate committee questions FBI boss amid Comey’s firing

    The Senate Intelligence Committee had its first chance on Thursday to question the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey.

    Andrew McCabe became acting director after Trump fired Comey on Tuesday.

    He is filling Comey’s shoes at the previously scheduled hearing, which was supposed to discuss “worldwide threats” but took on new significance after Comey’s firing.

    The chairman of the committee, Sen. Richard Burr asked the panel, which includes other top intelligence chiefs, to focus on the original topic of the hearing.

    Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said that would be difficult to do.

    “The timing of director Comey’s dismissal to me and many members of the committee on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling,” Warner said.

    McCabe told the committee that he could not comment after being asked about conversations Comey had with Trump.

    The question referred to Trump’s statement Tuesday in his letter dismissing Comey that he “greatly appreciate” Comey informing him that he is not under investigation.

    Despite attempts by Republicans on the committee to stick to the broader questions about threats to U.S. security, Democrats on the committee are largely questioning McCabe and other top officials about investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

    The White House justified the firing of Comey based on his handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair.

    However, opposition Democrats suspects said it was because the FBI was advancing its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

  •  The Senate Intelligence Committee had its first chance on Thursday to question the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in the wake of President Donald Trump s decision to fire James Comey Andrew McCabe became acting director after Trump fired Comey on Tuesday He is filling Comey s shoes at the previously scheduled hearing which was supposed to discuss worldwide threats but took on new significance after Comey s firing The chairman of the committee Sen Richard Burr asked the panel which includes other top intelligence chiefs to focus on the original topic of the hearing Sen Mark Warner the top Democrat on the committee said that would be difficult to do The timing of director Comey s dismissal to me and many members of the committee on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling Warner said McCabe told the committee that he could not comment after being asked about conversations Comey had with Trump The question referred to Trump s statement Tuesday in his letter dismissing Comey that he greatly appreciate Comey informing him that he is not under investigation Despite attempts by Republicans on the committee to stick to the broader questions about threats to U S security Democrats on the committee are largely questioning McCabe and other top officials about investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election The White House justified the firing of Comey based on his handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair However opposition Democrats suspects said it was because the FBI was advancing its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide NAN
    U.S. Senate committee questions FBI boss amid Comey’s firing
     The Senate Intelligence Committee had its first chance on Thursday to question the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI in the wake of President Donald Trump s decision to fire James Comey Andrew McCabe became acting director after Trump fired Comey on Tuesday He is filling Comey s shoes at the previously scheduled hearing which was supposed to discuss worldwide threats but took on new significance after Comey s firing The chairman of the committee Sen Richard Burr asked the panel which includes other top intelligence chiefs to focus on the original topic of the hearing Sen Mark Warner the top Democrat on the committee said that would be difficult to do The timing of director Comey s dismissal to me and many members of the committee on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling Warner said McCabe told the committee that he could not comment after being asked about conversations Comey had with Trump The question referred to Trump s statement Tuesday in his letter dismissing Comey that he greatly appreciate Comey informing him that he is not under investigation Despite attempts by Republicans on the committee to stick to the broader questions about threats to U S security Democrats on the committee are largely questioning McCabe and other top officials about investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election The White House justified the firing of Comey based on his handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair However opposition Democrats suspects said it was because the FBI was advancing its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Felix Ajide NAN
    U.S. Senate committee questions FBI boss amid Comey’s firing
    Foreign6 years ago

    U.S. Senate committee questions FBI boss amid Comey’s firing

    The Senate Intelligence Committee had its first chance on Thursday to question the acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey.

    Andrew McCabe became acting director after Trump fired Comey on Tuesday.

    He is filling Comey’s shoes at the previously scheduled hearing, which was supposed to discuss “worldwide threats” but took on new significance after Comey’s firing.

    The chairman of the committee, Sen. Richard Burr asked the panel, which includes other top intelligence chiefs, to focus on the original topic of the hearing.

    Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said that would be difficult to do.

    “The timing of director Comey’s dismissal to me and many members of the committee on both sides of the aisle is especially troubling,” Warner said.

    McCabe told the committee that he could not comment after being asked about conversations Comey had with Trump.

    The question referred to Trump’s statement Tuesday in his letter dismissing Comey that he “greatly appreciate” Comey informing him that he is not under investigation.

    Despite attempts by Republicans on the committee to stick to the broader questions about threats to U.S. security, Democrats on the committee are largely questioning McCabe and other top officials about investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

    The White House justified the firing of Comey based on his handling of the Hillary Clinton email affair.

    However, opposition Democrats suspects said it was because the FBI was advancing its investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

  •  U S President Donald Trump is expected to visit FBI headquarters in the next few days a White House spokeswoman said on Thursday days after Trump s firing of the agency s director ignited a political firestorm White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders in an interview on CBS News said Trump would very likely make the trip to talk to agents Trump dismissed then director James Comey on Tuesday The New York Times citing an unnamed official earlier reported Trump was considering visiting the FBI s Washington headquarters on Friday but was not expected to discuss the investigation over possible collusion between Trump s presidential campaign and Russia in the 2016 U S election NAN reports that Trump on Wednesday vowed to hire someone who will do a far better job after firing James Comey as head of the FBI defending the decision on Twitter as his critics cried foul James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI Trump wrote Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington Republican and Democrat alike When things calm down they will be thanking me he added An earlier tweet claimed that Democrats have said some of the worst things about the top intelligence official but that now the opposition was playing so sad Tuesday s shock announcement that Comey had been dismissed comes amid an ongoing investigation that he had been leading into potential collusion between the US president s campaign team and Russia The move sparked immediate accusations of political interference with Republicans as well as Democrats expressing dismay The Trump administration blamed multiple mistakes Comey made in his handling of the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton s emails for the sacking On Wednesday Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump s decision was an independent decision which has nothing to do and should have nothing to do with Russia in comments carried by state news agency TASS Peskov said he hoped the matter would not affect US Russian relations SH
    Trump likely to visit FBI HQ in coming days: White House
     U S President Donald Trump is expected to visit FBI headquarters in the next few days a White House spokeswoman said on Thursday days after Trump s firing of the agency s director ignited a political firestorm White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders in an interview on CBS News said Trump would very likely make the trip to talk to agents Trump dismissed then director James Comey on Tuesday The New York Times citing an unnamed official earlier reported Trump was considering visiting the FBI s Washington headquarters on Friday but was not expected to discuss the investigation over possible collusion between Trump s presidential campaign and Russia in the 2016 U S election NAN reports that Trump on Wednesday vowed to hire someone who will do a far better job after firing James Comey as head of the FBI defending the decision on Twitter as his critics cried foul James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI Trump wrote Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington Republican and Democrat alike When things calm down they will be thanking me he added An earlier tweet claimed that Democrats have said some of the worst things about the top intelligence official but that now the opposition was playing so sad Tuesday s shock announcement that Comey had been dismissed comes amid an ongoing investigation that he had been leading into potential collusion between the US president s campaign team and Russia The move sparked immediate accusations of political interference with Republicans as well as Democrats expressing dismay The Trump administration blamed multiple mistakes Comey made in his handling of the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton s emails for the sacking On Wednesday Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump s decision was an independent decision which has nothing to do and should have nothing to do with Russia in comments carried by state news agency TASS Peskov said he hoped the matter would not affect US Russian relations SH
    Trump likely to visit FBI HQ in coming days: White House
    Foreign6 years ago

    Trump likely to visit FBI HQ in coming days: White House

    U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit FBI headquarters in the next few days, a White House spokeswoman said on Thursday, days after Trump’s firing of the agency’s director ignited a political firestorm.

    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, in an interview on CBS News, said Trump would “very likely” make the trip to talk to agents.

    Trump dismissed then-director James Comey on Tuesday.

    The New York Times, citing an unnamed official, earlier reported Trump was considering visiting the FBI’s Washington headquarters on Friday but was not expected to discuss the investigation over possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia in the 2016 U.S. election.

    NAN reports that Trump on Wednesday vowed to hire “someone who will do a far better job” after firing James Comey as head of the FBI, defending the decision on Twitter as his critics cried foul.

    “James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI,” Trump wrote.

    “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!” he added.

    An earlier tweet claimed that “Democrats have said some of the worst things” about the top intelligence official, but that now the opposition was playing “so sad.”

    Tuesday’s shock announcement that Comey had been dismissed comes amid an ongoing investigation that he had been leading into potential collusion between the US president’s campaign team and Russia.

    The move sparked immediate accusations of political interference, with Republicans as well as Democrats expressing dismay.

    The Trump administration blamed multiple mistakes Comey made in his handling of the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s emails for the sacking.

    On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump’s decision was an “independent decision, which has nothing to do and should have nothing to do with Russia,” in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

    Peskov said he hoped the matter would not affect US-Russian relations.

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  •  Russia s foreign minister sarcastically acknowledged the abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey by saying Was he fired You re kidding You re kidding as he posed on Wednesday for photographs with U S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson President Donald Trump stunned Washington on Tuesday with his decision to fire Comey whose agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U S presidential election and the possibility Trump associates may have colluded with Moscow The move provoked a storm of criticism among Democrats who said Trump was trying to blunt the FBI probe and some of the president s fellow Republicans also questioned the timing of the ouster White House officials denied any political motive in the move by Trump who took office on Jan 20 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Tillerson at the State Department before he was to head to the White House for talks with Trump Asked by a reporter if Comey s dismissal would cast a shadow over his talks with Tillerson Lavrov acknowledged the elephant in the room by replying in a sarcastic tone Was he fired You re kidding You re kidding Tillerson made no reference to Comey as he and Lavrov shook hands and posed for photographs I want to welcome Foreign Minister Lavrov to the State Department and express my appreciation for him making the trip to Washington so that we could continue our dialogue and our exchange of views that began in Moscow with the dialogue he hosted on a very broad range of topics he said In Moscow the Kremlin said on Wednesday it hoped that Comey s firing would not affect Russia s ties with the United States saying it believed his dismissal had nothing to do with Russia During a visit to Moscow in April Tillerson met both Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin and described the low level of trust between the two nations who have sharp differences over Syria Ukraine and a host of other matters The world s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship Tillerson said at the time Trump repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that he would seek closer ties with Russia SH
    Lavrov sarcastically acknowledges abrupt dismissal of Comey
     Russia s foreign minister sarcastically acknowledged the abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey by saying Was he fired You re kidding You re kidding as he posed on Wednesday for photographs with U S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson President Donald Trump stunned Washington on Tuesday with his decision to fire Comey whose agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U S presidential election and the possibility Trump associates may have colluded with Moscow The move provoked a storm of criticism among Democrats who said Trump was trying to blunt the FBI probe and some of the president s fellow Republicans also questioned the timing of the ouster White House officials denied any political motive in the move by Trump who took office on Jan 20 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Tillerson at the State Department before he was to head to the White House for talks with Trump Asked by a reporter if Comey s dismissal would cast a shadow over his talks with Tillerson Lavrov acknowledged the elephant in the room by replying in a sarcastic tone Was he fired You re kidding You re kidding Tillerson made no reference to Comey as he and Lavrov shook hands and posed for photographs I want to welcome Foreign Minister Lavrov to the State Department and express my appreciation for him making the trip to Washington so that we could continue our dialogue and our exchange of views that began in Moscow with the dialogue he hosted on a very broad range of topics he said In Moscow the Kremlin said on Wednesday it hoped that Comey s firing would not affect Russia s ties with the United States saying it believed his dismissal had nothing to do with Russia During a visit to Moscow in April Tillerson met both Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin and described the low level of trust between the two nations who have sharp differences over Syria Ukraine and a host of other matters The world s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship Tillerson said at the time Trump repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that he would seek closer ties with Russia SH
    Lavrov sarcastically acknowledges abrupt dismissal of Comey
    Foreign6 years ago

    Lavrov sarcastically acknowledges abrupt dismissal of Comey

    Russia’s foreign minister sarcastically acknowledged the abrupt dismissal of FBI director James Comey by saying ‘Was he fired? You’re kidding. You’re kidding’ as he posed on Wednesday for photographs with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

    President Donald Trump stunned Washington on Tuesday with his decision to fire Comey, whose agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the possibility Trump associates may have colluded with Moscow.

    The move provoked a storm of criticism among Democrats who said Trump was trying to blunt the FBI probe, and some of the president’s fellow Republicans also questioned the timing of the ouster.

    White House officials denied any political motive in the move by Trump, who took office on Jan. 20.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Tillerson at the State Department before he was to head to the White House for talks with Trump.

    Asked by a reporter if Comey’s dismissal would cast a shadow over his talks with Tillerson, Lavrov acknowledged the elephant in the room by replying in a sarcastic tone: “Was he fired? You’re kidding. You’re kidding.”

    Tillerson made no reference to Comey as he and Lavrov shook hands and posed for photographs.

    “I want to welcome Foreign Minister Lavrov to the State Department and express my appreciation for him making the trip to Washington so that we could continue our dialogue and our exchange of views that began in Moscow with the dialogue he hosted on a very broad range of topics,” he said.

    In Moscow, the Kremlin said on Wednesday it hoped that Comey’s firing would not affect Russia’s ties with the United States, saying it believed his dismissal had nothing to do with Russia.

    During a visit to Moscow in April Tillerson met both Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin and described the low level of trust between the two nations, who have sharp differences over Syria, Ukraine and a host of other matters.

    “The world’s two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship,” Tillerson said at the time.

    Trump repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that he would seek closer ties with Russia.

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  •  U S President Donald Trump vowed to hire someone who will do a far better job after firing James Comey as head of the FBI defending the decision on Twitter Wednesday as his critics cried foul James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI Trump wrote Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington Republican and Democrat alike When things calm down they will be thanking me he added An earlier tweet claimed that Democrats have said some of the worst things about the top intelligence official but that now the opposition was playing so sad Tuesday s shock announcement that Comey had been dismissed comes amid an ongoing investigation that he had been leading into potential collusion between the US president s campaign team and Russia The move sparked immediate accusations of political interference with Republicans as well as Democrats expressing dismay The Trump administration blamed multiple mistakes Comey made in his handling of the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton s emails for the sacking On Wednesday Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump s decision was an independent decision which has nothing to do and should have nothing to do with Russia in comments carried by state news agency TASS Peskov said he hoped the matter would not affect US Russian relations Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was scheduled to meet with Trump later in the day at the White House SH
    Trump in tweets vows to hire “someone who will do a far better job” after firing Comey
     U S President Donald Trump vowed to hire someone who will do a far better job after firing James Comey as head of the FBI defending the decision on Twitter Wednesday as his critics cried foul James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI Trump wrote Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington Republican and Democrat alike When things calm down they will be thanking me he added An earlier tweet claimed that Democrats have said some of the worst things about the top intelligence official but that now the opposition was playing so sad Tuesday s shock announcement that Comey had been dismissed comes amid an ongoing investigation that he had been leading into potential collusion between the US president s campaign team and Russia The move sparked immediate accusations of political interference with Republicans as well as Democrats expressing dismay The Trump administration blamed multiple mistakes Comey made in his handling of the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton s emails for the sacking On Wednesday Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump s decision was an independent decision which has nothing to do and should have nothing to do with Russia in comments carried by state news agency TASS Peskov said he hoped the matter would not affect US Russian relations Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was scheduled to meet with Trump later in the day at the White House SH
    Trump in tweets vows to hire “someone who will do a far better job” after firing Comey
    Foreign6 years ago

    Trump in tweets vows to hire “someone who will do a far better job” after firing Comey

    U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to hire “someone who will do a far better job” after firing James Comey as head of the FBI, defending the decision on Twitter Wednesday as his critics cried foul.

    “James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI,” Trump wrote.

    “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!” he added.

    An earlier tweet claimed that “Democrats have said some of the worst things” about the top intelligence official, but that now the opposition was playing “so sad.”

    Tuesday’s shock announcement that Comey had been dismissed comes amid an ongoing investigation that he had been leading into potential collusion between the US president’s campaign team and Russia.

    The move sparked immediate accusations of political interference, with Republicans as well as Democrats expressing dismay.

    The Trump administration blamed multiple mistakes Comey made in his handling of the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s emails for the sacking.

    On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump’s decision was an “independent decision, which has nothing to do and should have nothing to do with Russia,” in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

    Peskov said he hoped the matter would not affect US-Russian relations.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was scheduled to meet with Trump later in the day at the White House.

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  •  U S President Donald Trump has dismissed the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI James Comey when he sent a letter reviewing the emails of then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton two weeks before the presidential election The Democrats have also continued to criticise Comey for not indicting Trump over his possible links to Russia Trump s Republicans on the other hand criticised him for not carrying out criminal prosecution against Clinton Comey appeared on Monday before the Senate Committee investigating the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election
    Trump sacks FBI boss Comey
     U S President Donald Trump has dismissed the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI James Comey when he sent a letter reviewing the emails of then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton two weeks before the presidential election The Democrats have also continued to criticise Comey for not indicting Trump over his possible links to Russia Trump s Republicans on the other hand criticised him for not carrying out criminal prosecution against Clinton Comey appeared on Monday before the Senate Committee investigating the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election
    Trump sacks FBI boss Comey
    Foreign6 years ago

    Trump sacks FBI boss Comey

    U.S. President Donald Trump has dismissed the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey.

    when he sent a letter reviewing the emails of then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, two weeks before the presidential election.

    The Democrats have also continued to criticise Comey for not indicting Trump over his possible links to Russia.

    Trump’s Republicans on the other hand, criticised him for not carrying out criminal prosecution against Clinton.

    Comey appeared on Monday before the Senate Committee investigating the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  •  U S President Donald Trump has slammed his arch rival and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI and WikiLeaks for her election loss to him Trump in a tweet suggested that on the contrary Clinton was protected from criminal prosecution by FBI Director James Comey over her emails scandal FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds The phony Trump Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign Trump said on his Twitter handle Clinton had in an interview at a Women for Women event in New York said she was on her way to winning the Nov 8 election if not for a last minute letter to Congress from Comey and the release of campaign emails from WikiLeaks The former Secretary of State also said that she thought she would have won the election if not for the two major events during the home stretch of the campaign I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey s letter on Oct 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off And the evidence for that intervening event is I think compelling persuasive and so we overcame a lot in the campaign Clinton said She alleged that the Trump campaign quite coordinated with the goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the election adding that Putin certainly interfered in our election to hurt me and help my opponent Clinton also said Trump should worry less about the election and my winning the popular vote adding I did more than three million votes than my opponent Edited by Mufutau Ojo NAN
    Trump slams Clinton’s blame of FBI, WikiLeaks for defeat
     U S President Donald Trump has slammed his arch rival and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI and WikiLeaks for her election loss to him Trump in a tweet suggested that on the contrary Clinton was protected from criminal prosecution by FBI Director James Comey over her emails scandal FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds The phony Trump Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign Trump said on his Twitter handle Clinton had in an interview at a Women for Women event in New York said she was on her way to winning the Nov 8 election if not for a last minute letter to Congress from Comey and the release of campaign emails from WikiLeaks The former Secretary of State also said that she thought she would have won the election if not for the two major events during the home stretch of the campaign I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey s letter on Oct 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off And the evidence for that intervening event is I think compelling persuasive and so we overcame a lot in the campaign Clinton said She alleged that the Trump campaign quite coordinated with the goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the election adding that Putin certainly interfered in our election to hurt me and help my opponent Clinton also said Trump should worry less about the election and my winning the popular vote adding I did more than three million votes than my opponent Edited by Mufutau Ojo NAN
    Trump slams Clinton’s blame of FBI, WikiLeaks for defeat
    Foreign6 years ago

    Trump slams Clinton’s blame of FBI, WikiLeaks for defeat

    U.S. President Donald Trump has slammed his arch-rival and former Democratic presidential candidate,  Hillary Clinton,  for blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and WikiLeaks for her election loss to him.

    Trump, in a tweet, suggested that on the contrary, Clinton was protected from criminal prosecution by  FBI Director James Comey over her emails scandal.

    FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!

    “The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election.

    “Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign, ” Trump said on his Twitter handle.

    Clinton had in an interview at a Women for Women event in New York  said she was on her way to winning the Nov. 8 election if not for a last-minute letter to Congress from Comey and the release of campaign emails from WikiLeaks.

    The former Secretary of State also said that she thought she would have won the election if not for the two major events during the home stretch of the campaign.

    “I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off.

    “And the evidence for that intervening event is I think compelling, persuasive, and so we overcame a lot in the campaign,” Clinton said.

    She alleged that the Trump campaign “quite coordinated with the goals” of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the election, adding that Putin “certainly interfered in our election  to hurt me and help my opponent.’’

    Clinton also said Trump “should worry less about the election and my winning the popular vote,’’ adding, “I did more than three million votes than my opponent.’’  .

    (Edited by: Mufutau Ojo)
    (NAN)

  •  Hillary Clinton Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential Election in the U S has blamed her loss on negative events late in the campaign including an FBI investigation She also fingered Russia linked hacking of her campaign for the defeat by President Donald Trump of the Republican Party In New York on Tuesday Clinton said she was on the way to winning in late October before a combination of events influenced people who were inclined to vote for her but got scared off She cited FBI Chief James Comey s letter to Congress that his agency was probing new information about her long investigated use of email as Secretary of State from 2009 2013 She added that Wikileaks revelations of hacked emails from Democratic Party officials also played a role in the disaster Clinton said the events in the last 10 days were the reason why she thought that her campaign lost She said that unprecedented interference by a foreign power and its leader clearly referencing Russian President Vladimir Putin had overwhelming impact in the electoral process U S intelligence agencies had said that Russia linked hackers appeared to have targeted the Democratic Party as well as flooding social media with negative often false information Putin certainly interfered in our election and it was clear he interfered to hurt me and help my opponent Clinton said The former first lady said she was engaged in the cathartic activity of writing a book adding that it was a painful process reliving the campaign Since the election left wing activists have organised against her opponent President Trump including using a resist theme on social media I m back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance Clinton said Edited by Fatima Sule and Olisa Ifeajika NAN
    Clinton blames election loss partly on “unprecedented interference”
     Hillary Clinton Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential Election in the U S has blamed her loss on negative events late in the campaign including an FBI investigation She also fingered Russia linked hacking of her campaign for the defeat by President Donald Trump of the Republican Party In New York on Tuesday Clinton said she was on the way to winning in late October before a combination of events influenced people who were inclined to vote for her but got scared off She cited FBI Chief James Comey s letter to Congress that his agency was probing new information about her long investigated use of email as Secretary of State from 2009 2013 She added that Wikileaks revelations of hacked emails from Democratic Party officials also played a role in the disaster Clinton said the events in the last 10 days were the reason why she thought that her campaign lost She said that unprecedented interference by a foreign power and its leader clearly referencing Russian President Vladimir Putin had overwhelming impact in the electoral process U S intelligence agencies had said that Russia linked hackers appeared to have targeted the Democratic Party as well as flooding social media with negative often false information Putin certainly interfered in our election and it was clear he interfered to hurt me and help my opponent Clinton said The former first lady said she was engaged in the cathartic activity of writing a book adding that it was a painful process reliving the campaign Since the election left wing activists have organised against her opponent President Trump including using a resist theme on social media I m back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance Clinton said Edited by Fatima Sule and Olisa Ifeajika NAN
    Clinton blames election loss partly on “unprecedented interference”
    Foreign6 years ago

    Clinton blames election loss partly on “unprecedented interference”

    Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential Election in the U.S., has blamed her loss on negative events late in the campaign, including an FBI investigation.

    She also fingered “Russia-linked hacking” of her campaign for the defeat by President Donald Trump of the Republican Party.

    In New York on Tuesday, Clinton said she was “on the way to winning in late October, before a combination of events influenced people who were inclined to vote for [her] but got scared off’’.

    She cited FBI Chief, James Comey’s letter to Congress that his agency was probing new information about her long-investigated use of email as Secretary of State from 2009-2013.

    She added that Wikileaks revelations of hacked emails from Democratic Party officials also played a role in the “disaster”.

    Clinton said the “events in the last 10 days” were the reason why she thought that her campaign lost.

    She said that “unprecedented interference” by a foreign power and its leader, clearly referencing Russian President, Vladimir Putin, had overwhelming impact in the electoral process.

    U.S. intelligence agencies had said that Russia-linked hackers appeared to have targeted the Democratic Party as well as flooding social media with negative, often false information.

    “[Putin] certainly interfered in our election, and it was clear he interfered to hurt me and help my opponent,” Clinton said.

    The former first lady said she was engaged in the “cathartic” activity of writing a book, adding that it was “a painful process reliving the campaign”.

    Since the election, left-wing activists have organised against her opponent, President Trump, including using a “resist” theme on social media.

    “I’m back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance,” Clinton said.

    Edited by: Fatima Sule and Olisa Ifeajika
    (NAN)

  •  The FBI secured a court order in 2016 to secretly surveil the communications of Carter Page a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump s presidential campaign as the agency investigates possible ties between the campaign and Russia The Washington Post citing law enforcement and other U S officials reported that the warrant for Page was obtained last summer by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court The Post said the judge was convinced there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of Russia Page has denied in media interviews that he worked with the Russians to influence the election In a statement to Reuters on Wednesday Page said the court order was evidence that the administration of former President Barack Obama wanted to suppress dissidents who opposed its foreign policy It will be interesting to see what comes out when the unjustified basis for those FISA requests are more fully disclosed over time he said The Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters which could not independently confirm the Post story The White House and FBI declined to comment The FBI and congressional committees are investigating whether Russia tried to influence the election in Trump s favor mostly by hacking Democratic operatives emails and releasing embarrassing information or possibly by colluding with Trump associates Russia denies the allegations which Trump also dismisses SH
    FBI got court order to monitor ex-Trump adviser in Russia probe: Washington Post
     The FBI secured a court order in 2016 to secretly surveil the communications of Carter Page a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump s presidential campaign as the agency investigates possible ties between the campaign and Russia The Washington Post citing law enforcement and other U S officials reported that the warrant for Page was obtained last summer by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court The Post said the judge was convinced there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of Russia Page has denied in media interviews that he worked with the Russians to influence the election In a statement to Reuters on Wednesday Page said the court order was evidence that the administration of former President Barack Obama wanted to suppress dissidents who opposed its foreign policy It will be interesting to see what comes out when the unjustified basis for those FISA requests are more fully disclosed over time he said The Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters which could not independently confirm the Post story The White House and FBI declined to comment The FBI and congressional committees are investigating whether Russia tried to influence the election in Trump s favor mostly by hacking Democratic operatives emails and releasing embarrassing information or possibly by colluding with Trump associates Russia denies the allegations which Trump also dismisses SH
    FBI got court order to monitor ex-Trump adviser in Russia probe: Washington Post
    Foreign6 years ago

    FBI got court order to monitor ex-Trump adviser in Russia probe: Washington Post

    The FBI secured a court order in 2016 to secretly surveil the communications of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as the agency investigates possible ties between the campaign and Russia.

    The Washington Post citing law enforcement and other U.S. officials reported that the warrant for Page was obtained last summer by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

    The Post said the judge was convinced there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of Russia.

    Page has denied in media interviews that he worked with the Russians to influence the election.

    In a statement to Reuters on Wednesday, Page said the court order was evidence that the administration of former President Barack Obama wanted to “suppress dissidents” who opposed its foreign policy.

    “It will be interesting to see what comes out when the unjustified basis for those FISA requests are more fully disclosed over time …,” he said.

    The Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters, which could not independently confirm the Post story.

    The White House and FBI declined to comment.

    The FBI and congressional committees are investigating whether Russia tried to influence the election in Trump’s favor, mostly by hacking Democratic operatives’ emails and releasing embarrassing information, or possibly by colluding with Trump associates.

    Russia denies the allegations, which Trump also dismisses.

    SH

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