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Politics Could James Comey's Firing Sandbag the Russia Probe?

04:00  10 may  2017
04:00  10 may  2017 Source:   newsweek.com

White House circulates negative stories about Comey after firing

  White House circulates negative stories about Comey after firing The White House circulated negative press clippings on FBI Director James Comey minutes after announcing his firing Tuesday evening.The one-page sheet circulated by the White House contained four stories, most of them about Democrats criticizing Comey's decision to disclose developments in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's useThe one-page sheet circulated by the White House contained four stories, most of them about Democrats criticizing Comey's decision to disclose developments in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Read more: Could James Comey ' s firing sandbag the Russia probe ? Multiple intelligence leaks and news reports have confirmed Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, foreign policy adviser Carter Page, and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump’ s sudden firing of FBI director James Comey could jeopardize the FBI’ s investigation into the alleged collusion between Both the House and Senate Intelligence committees, in the midst of continuing Russia probes , have indicated that it is too early in their investigations to

FBI Director James Comey testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. A president can fire an FBI director, though it rarely happens. © Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS FBI Director James Comey testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. A president can fire an FBI director, though it rarely happens.

President Donald Trump’s sudden firing of FBI director James Comey could jeopardize the FBI’s investigation into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, former FBI supervisors tell Newsweek.

While investigations typically continue after a FBI director steps down, a director who is sympathetic or friendly to Trump could easily drag out the FBI probe into Trump staffers and Russia, the ex-supervisors say.

Comey was 'caught flat-footed,' learned of firing from TV while talking to FBI agents in L.A., source says

  Comey was 'caught flat-footed,' learned of firing from TV while talking to FBI agents in L.A., source says James B. Comey, who was ousted today as FBI director by President Trump, learned learned about his firing from a TV news report while speaking with FBI agents in Los Angeles, according to an FBI source. "He was caught flat-footed," said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Comey was "surprised" by the news but kept on talking to the agents, the source said. Comey was set to speak Tuesday night at an FBI recruiting event in Hollywood. But the source said that in the wake of his fire, Comey will not go forward with the program. More than two dozen reporters were standing outside the Director's Guide Headquarters, where the event was taking place, awaiting Comey. In announcing Comey's firing, Trump said the move was necessary to allow a "new beginning" at the FBI. Comey has been supervising an investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and the possibility of cooperation between people linked to Trump's campaign and Moscow. Meanwhile, the FBI director has been widely criticized by people in both parties for his handling of investigations connected to the election - the Russia inquiry as well as the probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices while she was secretary of State. richard.winton@latimes.com Twitter: @LAcrimes ALSO Trump fires FBI chief over handling of Clinton email investigation Read the letters from Donald Trump and other White House officials on the firing of Comey The last president to fire an FBI director? Bill Clinton UPDATES: 5:18 p.m.: Updated with sourcing on how Comey learned he was fired. 4:30 p.m.: This article was updated with a source discussing whether Comey would speak. This article was originally published at 3:50 p.m.

White House Spokesperson Says it's Time to 'Let Go' of Russia Probe . Director of the FBI James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Although Sanders said that the investigation should be “let go,” she denied Comey ’ s firing would disrupt it.

How Jeff Sessions fits into the Russia investigation and the firing of James Comey . We also were aware of facts that I can 't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia -related investigation problematic."

“You don’t kill a case just by telling everyone to stop investigating it. That would be obstruction of justice,” says Myron Fuller, who was the special agent in charge of the Honolulu division. “But you could drag it out forever … The FBI could work it until the cows come home.”

Fuller also called for a bipartisan special prosecutor to look into Trump-Russia ties.

“Unless the Republicans join the Democrats and get an independent counsel, I would be concerned the case is jeopardized,” he says.

Another former FBI supervisor tells Newsweek that while all investigations continue regardless of a change at the top, the person who replaces Comey could steer the probe in a different direction.

“The person who replaces Comey will have influence on how the investigation goes,” says Joseph Lewis, a former assistant director of the organized crime branch of the FBI’s criminal division. He added that a FBI director sympathetic to Trump could, “Play devil’s advocate and sow seeds of doubt with the investigators.”

Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week

  Senate Intel committee invites Comey to testify next week Recently ousted FBI Director James Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.It will be a closed session, meaning the public is not invited, according to a spokesperson for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

President Donald Trump has fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey , smack in the middle of the FBI’s ongoing investigation But while whomever Trump appoints to take Comey ' s place could shut down the Russia probe eventually, Comey ' s removal won't make it skip a beat.

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey suddenly on Tuesday evening. White House officials are denying that Comey ' s firing had anything to do with the probe — deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said it's time to move on from the Russia investigation entirely.

However, Lewis also tells Newsweek that if agents feel they have a good case but are shut down by FBI leadership, they will explore alternatives.

“It’ll be leaked in some form or fashion if there’s any feeling that anybody is trying to stifle or quell the results of the investigation,” Lewis says.

An incoming director seen attempting to weaken the Russia probe would likely face serious resistance from within the bureau, another retired FBI supervisor says.

“The feeling among those agents will be, if that is why you fired him, our integrity is challenged,” says David Gomez, the former assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle office, where he oversaw national security issues. “This is an attack on their professionalism and they’ll ensure their i’s are dotted and their t’s are crossed and they’ll leave no stone unturned.”

Jeffrey Ringel, a former coordinating supervisory special agent in the FBI’s New York office, tells Newsweek that high-profile investigations can spark a lot of fighting between the top levels of the FBI and the Department of Justice over how to best pursue an investigation.

“When there’s difference between the two, you need a strong boss who can fight for you,” says Ringel, now a director at private intelligence firm the Soufan Group, adding that a new director could “redirect” the probe. “Without Comey there, we may have lost our biggest ally in the fight to further the investigation.”

Comey willing to testify, but only in public: report .
James Comey declined an invitation to speak to a Senate panel in a closed-door session next week.Comey declined an invitation to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed door session next week.

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