Trump defends firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director, pledges 'far better' replacement

In response to President Trump's surprising firing Tuesday night of FBI Director James Comey, congressional Republicans largely maintained a united front and resisted calls for a special prosecutor to helm the ongoing investigation into Russian Federation and the election. Outraged Democrats called for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia's election interference, and a handful of prominent Republican senators left open that possibility.

There are three separate but parallel inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which the U.S. government concluded was created to boost Mr Trump's candidacy.

"Let me disappoint everybody up front", he said.

The Trump administration has said Comey's firing was unrelated to the Russian Federation investigation.

Former Republican congressman Mike Rogers is being considered as a candidate to replace Comey, a senior White House official said.

"The work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues despite changes in circumstance", he told the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global threats against the country. "We are going to do that".

The letter marked Mr Comey's first known comments on his firing at the hands of Mr Trump, which sent shockwaves across the country over the timing and perceived breach of due process and natural justice.

"All right, how should we thank him?"

"I don't think it affects at all in any capacity whatsoever", she told Carlson.

For Republicans who have generally avoided criticizing Trump throughout various controversies, the expressions of concern coming from well over a dozen Senate Republicans were noteworthy. Yet Republicans did not appear poised to take any particular action to force the issue. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the principal deputy White House press secretary, said Wednesday she wasn't going to get into specifics about their conversations.

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A farewell letter from Comey that circulated among friends and colleagues said he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or on "the way it was executed".

On Tuesday, Rosenstein recommended that Trump dismiss Comey, saying the director had damaged the FBI's integrity during his investigation into a private email account that Trump's 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, used as secretary of state.

"I think the White House, after multiple conversations with many people over the last 12-14 hours, understands that they've created a really hard situation for themselves", said Sen.

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"It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely", McCabe also said.

Mr Rosenstein received overwhelming bi-partisan support when the Senate voted 94-6 in favour at his confirmation hearing in April. "There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General". Rosenstein would likely appoint a special counsel.

Another issue likely to be raised and not resolved is the issue of a special outside investigation, or select congressional committee, or special prosecutor to take the reins of the ongoing Russian Federation investigations. Republicans control both chambers in Congress.

Criminal probes can at times complicate congressional matters, particularly with witness testimony.