Breaking with the president, Christopher Wray, the lawyer Donald Trump picked to lead the FBI declares he does not believe a special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a "witch hunt".
Following the latest debacle, the Trump administration will have a trust issue within the country's intelligence community and key institutions, at a time when its political prospects across the Middle East diminish against Russian assertiveness.
The fallout from US President Donald Trump's decision to sack FBI Director James Comey continues with calls for an independent investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
A justice department memo shared by the White House cites Comey's handling of the Clinton email probe as the reason for his sacking. Democrats accuse Trump of acting out of political motives as Comey was investigating Russia-Trump ties.
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