Thursday’s Headlines: Before Comey’s firing, Trump’s animus toward him boiled over into fury, officials say

Comey sought more resources for Russia probe days before firing, officials say; Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas documents from Michael Flynn in Russia probe; The Fix: James Comey’s farewell letter to his FBI colleagues, annotated; Trump’s efforts to shake his Russia problem only make it worse; Why Trump expected only applause when he told Comey, ‘You’re fired’;
 
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Before Comey’s firing, Trump’s animus toward him boiled over into fury, officials say
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein threatened to quit after being cast as the impetus of James Comey’s dismissal, which was already decided, a source close to the White House said. Accounts from more than 30 officials at the White House, Justice Department and on Capitol Hill indicate that the president was angry that the FBI director would not support his baseless claim that President Obama had his campaign offices wiretapped. And he fumed that Comey was giving too much attention to the Russia probe and not enough to investigating leaks to journalists.
Comey sought more resources for Russia probe days before firing, officials say
As furor grew, Republicans and Democrats said the FBI director’s dismissal will frustrate bipartisan efforts to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.
 
Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas documents from Michael Flynn in Russia probe
It is the first subpoena the committee has announced in the course of its Russia investigation. President Trump’s former national security adviser had declined the committee’s request for materials it wanted to review, the committee said.
 
The Fix: James Comey’s farewell letter to his FBI colleagues, annotated
“It is done, and I will be fine,” he wrote.
 
Debrief
Trump’s efforts to shake his Russia problem only make it worse
White House officials maintain that the FBI director’s firing had nothing to do with his agency’s Russia investigation but, rather, with his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails. But the president’s letter terminating James Comey alluded to the questions surrounding his administration and made no mention of Comey’s much-criticized decisions involving Clinton.
 
Why Trump expected only applause when he told Comey, ‘You’re fired’
For a president who operates in the moment, the decision to fire the FBI director illustrates a penchant to act swiftly and unilaterally, and a belief that there is no profit in considering the lessons and contradictions of the past.
 
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The Fix | Analysis
Disapproval of Trump at its highest yet
A Quinnipiac University poll shows the president’s favorable rating at 35 percent, its lowest so far. Meanwhile, the percentage who strongly disapprove of him has reached a high of 51 percent.
Russian convicted of inciting religious hatred after playing ‘Pokémon Go’
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United flier says crew forced her to urinate in cup on ‘worst flight’ ever
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Analysis
SNL has a lot to work with this week
With three days still to go before “Saturday Night Live” airs with Melissa McCarthy as the scheduled guest host, the news cycle has already produced many eye-popping items.
 
     
 
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