Trump's shock dismissal of James Comey — the man overseeing federal investigations into suspected Kremlin interference in the 2016 vote — has sparked a political firestorm in Washington and plunged his young presidency in turmoil.
Jeffrey Rosen, a professor of law at George Washington University and president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, says President Donald Trump was acting within his authority when he dismissed FBI director James Comey.
US President Donald Trump denied Sunday having asked then FBI director James Comey to stop investigating ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn, as the Russia meddling probe darkened what would otherwise have been a victorious week for the Republican president.
Former FBI Director James Comey in memos recounting conversations with President Donald Trump last year said Trump repeatedly raised concern over salacious allegations in an intelligence dossier, the need for loyalty and ferreting out leakers.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 US election detailed a series of actions by President Donald Trump to impede the probe, raising questions about whether he committed the crime of obstruction of justice.