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Thanks to Bannon, White House Can't Shake Comey Firing
Former FBI boss, Hillary Clinton's book distract from taxes, hurricane response

Then-FBI Director JAmes Comey testifying in from of a Senate panel in 2015. The Trump White House cannot shake questions about his firing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 6:23 p.m. | Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s explosive comments about the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey is pulling administration officials away from their intended messaging about two federal hurricane responses and a quest for bipartisan tax legislation.

White House officials set up a week featuring a series of high-level meetings, including several involving President Donald Trump and key lawmakers, meant to portray him and his senior team as aggressively working with members of both parties on issues such as revisions to the tax code, racial tensions, and other matters.

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Trump Mum on Comey, but Donald Jr. Chimes In
First son is tweeting responses to Comey hearing

Donald Trump Jr., seen here at last year’s Republican National Convention, tweeted a defense of his father Thursday against allegations from former FBI Director James B. Comey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump has yet to offer a reaction to explosive testimony from former FBI director James B. Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. But his son has now chimed in, using an expletive to describe Comey’s account.

“Flynn stuff is BS,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote, referring to Comey’s allegation that the president tried to coerce him, during a one-on-one meeting, to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey Calls Trump Out on ’Lies’ About FBI
President repeatedly told Comey he was ‘doing a great job’

Former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former FBI Director James B. Comey, speaking publicly for the first time since his abrupt dismissal, fired back at the Trump administration, saying the president’s allegations that the bureau was in disarray and poorly led “were lies, pure and simple.”

In front of a packed hearing room and live television audience, Comey provided a detailed account of his interactions with President Donald Trump, the concerns those conversations generated among senior FBI leaders, and the president’s possible interference in the bureau’s Russia investigation.

Looming Questions, Few Answers, About Who Will Replace Comey
Ouster of FBI director prompts flurry of speculation about replacement

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has denied speculation that he is in the running to replace ousted FBI Director James B. Comey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The ouster of FBI Director James B. Comey prompted a flurry of speculation Wednesday about who could be named as his replacement.

Projections for potential candidates included Trump confidantes, Capitol Hill insiders and career investigators. But there were no clear answers about who might fill the post.