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Eleena Tovar | 10 May, 2017, 14:38

At last week's hearing, Comey confirmed that the FBI's investigation into possible coordination between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian officials was continuing.

Tim Kaine, Clinton's 2016 running mate and Democratic Virginia senator, said the termination shows how scared the Trump administration is of the Russian Federation probe.

"I do not have confidence in him any longer", Schumer said of Comey, on November 2.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said Comey served the country well, but "many, including myself, have questioned his actions a few times over the past year".

Schumer then said Trump should have fired Comey earlier in his young presidency if he had some of the same concerns as Democrats.

"The first question the administration has to answer is, why now?" said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at a hastily arranged Capitol press conference. Reached by Reuters, Ayer said in an email that the administration's explanation was "a sham".

He said that should Rod Rosentein, the deputy attorney general, fail to appoint a special prosecutor, "every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire director Comey was part of a cover up".

Comey, being Comey, closed the new investigation in record time, ending the investigation two days before Election Day and enraging Republicans by publicly declaring he would still not recommend charges against Clinton.

The dismissal comes as the FBI is investigating any Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and any Russian ties to Trump associates.

"We need to go full steam ahead and get the facts, and to sack the FBI director in the middle of that is going to undermine the investigation".

Campaigning in Michigan, Trump exulted at the news of a reopened probe into actions surrounding an opponent he had dubbed "Crooked Hillary".

Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is overseeing its own investigation into Russian interference during the election, said in a statement he was also troubled by the timing of Comey's termination.

Mr Trump made no mention of Mr Comey's role in the Clinton investigation, but asserted that the FBI boss informed him "on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation".

"I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau", he added.

October 28, 2016: Days before the election, Comey informs Congress by letter that he was reopening the investigation into Clinton's email practices based on new evidence, citing the discovery of emails on a laptop used by a top Clinton aide.

"The handling of the Clinton email investigation is a clear example of how Comey's decisions have called into question the trust and political independence of the FBI", Grassley said in a statement.

Comey's abrupt dismissal comes in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling.

With the 2016 presidential primaries in full swing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed it was investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State. The decision originates with Rosenstein, not Trump or Jeff Sessions, and it was based on the "mistreatment" of Hillary Clinton.

Comey testified before senators last week that he'd felt "mildly nauseous" to think he might have tipped the election outcome but in hindsight would change nothing about how handled the election-year investigations.

The memo is also significant because Rosenstein is overseeing the Justice Department's investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, after Sessions recused himself. "But I'll tell you what - what he did, he brought back his reputation".