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Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing

17 May 2017, 01:07 | Ignacio Ramos

Mr Comey promised only that he could be honest, The New York Times reported.

Your afternoon shot of politics, sent straight from the desk of Joshua Miller.

Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump's tweet, he added, was "inappropriate".

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday and later said Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who was not doing a good job, drawing a firestorm of criticism. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

"What I will say is there are clearly ongoing investigations on a number of individuals that are affiliated with the Trump campaign and the Trump operation", Warner said.

Mr. Trump is growing increasingly dissatisfied with the performance of his chief of staff, Reince Priebus; the communications director, Michael Dubke; and Mr. Spicer, a Priebus ally, according to a half-dozen West Wing officials who said the president was considering the most far-reaching shake-up of his already tumultuous term.

(CNN) Last week, when he testified before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee, James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, had the disposition of someone who looked like he had retired for a reason and planned to go straight back. Under Senate rules, Republicans could still confirm an Federal Bureau of Investigation director with 51 votes. "He essentially said, if you assure me that this meddlesome Russian Federation investigation will go away, maybe I'll keep you on".

When asked why they believed the Republican had made the move, nearly half of Americans (46 per cent) said they believed it was created to hinder the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, while 38 per cent believed Mr Trump's claim that his motivation was concern about Mr Comey's performance. Even Mike Pence was reportedly "rattled" after Trump undercut him on Rod Rosenstein's role in the Comey firing.

But in a poll conducted last month, Republicans were far more opposed to hypothetically removing Comey, while Democrats were slightly more open to the possibility.

Much of Trump's ire has been focused on the communications team, all of whom were caught off guard by Comey's ouster.

In addition, there are reports that Trump is "isolated in the White House and often nursing grievances about both the way he is being covered and the way in which his aides defend him". Since then, a lot of controversy has surrounded the president's decision.

The Gallup daily tracking poll shows how a U.S. president's popularity is changing from day to day. "He's a little bit like a quarterback that gets ahead of his offensive line".

Meanwhile, Fox News is reporting one of the candidates also being considered is former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. "And the blowback from the Comey decision and the way it was handled have accelerated the discussions about possible changes in the White House".

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