President Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey as Director of the Secret Service Joseph Clancy (L) watches during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
The Hill: Trump's Comey firing sets off new round of leaks
President Trump is besieged by internal leaks as he tries to weather the fallout from his firing of FBI director James Comey.
Media reports about the run-up to Trump’s decision paint him as isolated and consumed by anger and paranoia, prompting questions from Trump allies about whose interests these government officials had in mind when they spoke to the press.
The behind-the-scenes stories have often undermined the White House’s public reasoning for firing Comey, causing further political trouble for the administration and exacerbating growing divisions between Trump and his law enforcement agencies.
And Trump’s abrupt firing of Comey appears to have stirred opposition from the former FBI director’s loyalists, who are pushing back on the administration's claims in the press.
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Update: Trump Escalates FBI Fight With Comey Attack. FBI Fights Back (Bloomberg)
WNU Editor: I have learned to be very sceptical when the New York Times and the Washington Post push leaks from the White House .... I have learned since the inauguration that they are usually wrong. But for those who believe that the U.S. intelligence community and the U.S. Justice Department became heavily politicised during the Obama tenure .... more so than in previous administrations .... this blow-back in the form of leaks from the FBI is not a surprise ... and it should not be a surprise. But I also know that these leaks are going to disappear with time .... as it has in the intel community .... and it will happen when the Justice Department under AG Sessions asserts its authority over the FBI.