Trump was looking to fire Comey from day one: White House

US President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.

Billionaire businessman and television personality Mark Cuban called President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey an issue of trust. He said he hoped the director would give public testimony eventually. "It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply", Comey said in his letter. "The president made a presidential decision and removed him". Comey's firing does not necessarily mean the FBI's investigation into Moscow's role in the 2016 election will be disrupted or end, legal experts told Reuters.

Trump will now appoint a successor at the FBI, which has been investigating since late July, and who will nearly certainly have an impact on how the investigation moves forward and whether the public will accept its outcome.

The removal of Mr Comey, who was leading an inquiry into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, sent shockwaves through Washington. Twitter CEO calls Trump's tweets "important" MORE and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. If Hillary Clinton had won the election, which thank God she didn't, but if she had... she would have fired Comey immediately.

Trump said he was meeting with Kissinger to talk "about Russian Federation and various other matters".

Trump described an Oval Office meeting with Sergei Lavrov, the highest-profile Kremlin official to visit the White House in years, as "very, very good". Stunned aides scrambled to put together a plan to explain what happened.

A defiant Trump took to Twitter to defend his decision, vowing: "James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Many questions remained about what caused Trump to move so quickly.

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on CNN's "New Day" Wednesday that he has a "great deal of faith" in Rosenstein, but didn't exactly offer a full-fledged reaffirmation of his previous claim that Comey made an "error in judgment".

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters it was her "understanding" Comey had been seeking more resources for his investigation into the tangled Russian Federation controversy.

"The [Justice Department] lost confidence in Director Comey", Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Wednesday's news briefing.

After the Watergate scandal, legislation governing the appointment of independent counsel was passed which allowed the attorney general to request a panel of three judges to appoint a special counsel, and then allowed that special counsel the ability to continue any investigation until they deemed it complete. In his first public remarks on the firing, Trump said on Wednesday that Comey "was not doing a good job".

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