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Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

"I just fired the head of the FBI", Trump, according to a document read to the Times by an American official.

Trott says Rosenstein answered that he didn't want to interfere with the independent investigation that will now be run by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday over his Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible ties between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, calling it "the single greatest witch hunt" in USA history.

Among Republicans, 23 percent expressed disapproval of Trump in the latest poll, up from 16 percent in the same poll last week.

The Trump White House has been besieged by Russia-related controversies on several fronts.

In Washington, the chatter about a deepening, Watergate-style crisis has engulfed the White House - and those conversations are echoed in big cities across the country and in a succession of headlines that seem to suggest nearly certain doom for the young Trump administration.

The President wasn't happy being asked if he'd put pressure on the then FBI Director to close an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Trump White House has obviously denied more or less everything, but has so thoroughly leeched the credibility out of the office of the president and the man who inhabits it that it's hard to know if the administration still has its ethical bearings enough to even know where the truth begins and ends anymore.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Flynn and other Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the presidential race.

Trump is wily and clever in his way, but he is a fool when it comes to understanding other people's motives and his propensity to think he's the smartest person in the room makes him easy pickings for those who know better than to assume they are the smartest person in the room. That was followed by reports that former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, whom Trump recently fired, had written memos expressing concerns that the president had pressured him to stop investigating Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

On Friday, Rosenstein said he stood by his memo.

When asked about the exact timing suggested by Senator Durbin for Rosenstein having learned of Trump's decision to fire Comey, Monday, May 8th, Sen.

A date of this open hearing would be scheduled after the Memorial Day, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said yesterday.

Senators said that Rosenstein steered clear of specifics while making clear that Mueller has wide latitude to pursue the investigation wherever it leads, including potentially criminal charges.

"As the president has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement in response to the Post report.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said: "Bob was a fine U.S. attorney, a great Federal Bureau of Investigation director and there's no better person who could be asked to perform this function". "He was insane, a real nut job", the Times reported that Trump said during the May 10 meeting.

"He didn't say much", Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) told the Daily News.

After days of political tumult in Washington, the Justice Department announced the appointment on Thursday of a special counsel to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

"I'm not under investigation", he added.