Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey is set to launch his tell-all book on Tuesday. And the Republican Party is trying to get ahead of any fall-out from it by having a launch of their own: an anti-Comey website.
Lyin' Comey received White House approval and is overseen by the Republican National Committee. The GOP plans to discredit Comey, fired by President Donald Trump at the beginning of the Russia investigation.
President Donald Trump's approval ratings have continued to move downward, according to the latest survey from Monmouth University. Notably, Trump's biggest decline came among residents in the swing counties that helped decide last year's presidential election. In the 300 counties where Trump's winning margin over Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, was in the single digits, his approval rating dropped from 41 percent to 34 percent in the current poll.
"Trump has been losing support in the places that matter most," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a statement.
Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, told Trump's transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a lobbyist for the Turkish government, according to a New York Times report. Trump hired him anyway, giving Flynn access to top-level national intelligence.
Flynn, who had learned of the investigation a month earlier, disclosed this information on January 4 to the transition team's chief lawyer, Donald McGahn II, who now serves as the White House counsel. That conversation, and another two days later between Flynn's lawyer and transition team lawyers, indicates that Trump's team knew about the probe far earlier than had previously been reported.
In January, President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey had dinner together. That fact may be the only part of the evening on which both sides agree.
During an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump told the story first. In response to Holt's questions about when Comey told the president he was not under investigation, Trump replied with his version of the meeting.
President Donald Trump earned criticism and questions after last night's surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey. Republican reactions were more mixed than those coming from political commentators and Democrats, but still included calls for an independent investigation.
John McCain used the occasion to continue his calls for a special prosecutor. "While the President has the legal authority to remove the Director of the FBI, I am disappointed in the President’s decision to remove James Comey from office. James Comey is a man of honor and integrity, and he has led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances," said McCain. "I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”
In the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Trump administration is facing vehement allegations relating to its ever-increasing ties to Russia — and these charges are gaining momentum.
Russian hackers. WikiLeaks. Collusion. Treason. These are merely a few of the terms prevalent in the international conversation surrounding the 45th president of the United States.
President Donald Trump issued tweets ahead of and during FBI Director James Comey's hearing before The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence seeking to discredit any investigation into his or his campaign's Russian ties. The tweets did not hold up under scrutiny.
Trump first referred the Russian "story" as "fake news."