Wednesday, May 10, 2017
White House says no need for special prosecutor after Comey firing
In the wake of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, the White House is rejecting lawmakers’ calls for a special prosecutor to take over the agency’s probe of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“There is clearly at this point no evidence of a reason to do that,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters late Tuesday night. “You have a system that’s working.”
In a late-night tweet, Mr. Trump also criticized Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York, who is pushing for an independent prosecutor.
“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, ‘I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.’
Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp,” the president wrote on Twitter.
After Mr. Comey’s firing Tuesday, Democrats called for a special prosecutor and some high-profile Republicans said they were “troubled” by Mr. Trump’s decision.