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  • WASHINGTON, May 9- The newly appointed second-in-command at the U.S. Justice Department faced a weighty task just two weeks after taking office- writing the rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein argued the case for Comey's sacking in a three-page memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, May 9- The newly appointed second-in-command at the U.S. Justice Department faced a weighty task just two weeks after taking office- writing the rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein argued the case for Comey's sacking in a three-page memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday.

  • Preet Bharara

    "EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be 'troubled by the timing and reasoning' of Comey firing. Period," Bharara tweeted.

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions joins White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017.

    The Department of Justice was told to come up with justification to fire FBI Director James Comey, The New York Times and CNN reported Tuesday.

  • FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington, Monday, May 8, 2017.

    Ousted FBI Director James Comey thought he had been pranked when reports surfaced that President Donald Trump fired him, The New York Times reported.

  • Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol March 17, 2015 in Washington.

    Democratic lawmakers demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor after FBI Director James Comey was fired, NBC News reports.

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol following the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey by President Donald Trump May 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    The Senate Democratic leader said that such an appointment would be necessary for restoring American people's confidence in the case.

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media after the weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill May 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is set to address President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media after the weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill May 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    Railing against lavishing the rich could be a poor tax reform argument for Democrats this time around, USA Today reports.

  • Democrats were happy that funding for Trump's Mexico border wall was not included. Trump tweeted on Tuesday that maybe a government shutdown would not be so bad and that Republicans should consider changing Senate rules to make it easier to pass spending and other bills without any Democratic support. His comment frustrated some of his fellow Republicans in...

  • Trump tweeted on Tuesday that maybe a government shutdown would not be so bad and that Republicans should consider changing Senate rules to make it easier to pass spending and other bills without any Democratic support. But with his healthcare reform effort flagging, Trump has been unable to get a major piece of legislation through a U.S. Congress controlled...

  • The House of Representatives transportation committee held a hearing for top airline executives to testify, and to determine how Congress might respond to policies that can adversely affect passengers. Munoz was joined at the hearing by United President Scott Kirby and executives from American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

  • The House of Representatives transportation committee held a hearing for top airline executives to testify, and to determine how Congress might respond to policies that can adversely affect passengers. Munoz was joined at the hearing by United President Scott Kirby and executives from American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

  • The tense House of Representatives committee hearing signaled how Congress might respond to rising consumer anger over cost-cutting by airlines that boiled over after David Dao, 69, was violently dragged from a United flight at a Chicago airport on April 9 to make room for crew members. Most lawmakers fly back and forth to Washington each week, and took the...

  • President Donald Trump endorsed a government shutdown later this year in a post on Twitter on Tuesday that also urged Republicans to consider changing Senate rules to make it easier to pass spending and other bills without any Democratic support. Trump also backed the so-called "nuclear option" for legislation but added that the party could strengthen its...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The U.S. Congress, bitterly divided for years along party lines, may be mapping a bipartisan path forward that skirts around President Donald Trump when he refuses to engage constructively with lawmakers, Democrats and some lobbyists said on Monday. It had Democratic fingerprints all over it, even though Republicans control Congress and the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The U.S. Congress, bitterly divided for years along party lines, may be mapping a bipartisan path forward that skirts around President Donald Trump when he refuses to engage constructively with lawmakers, Democrats and some lobbyists said on Monday. It had Democratic fingerprints all over it, even though Republicans control Congress and the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- The bipartisan U.S. congressional deal on nearly $1.2 trillion in federal spending that would avert a government shutdown had the fingerprints of Democrats all over it even though Republicans control Congress and the White House. But Democrats claimed victory on issue after issue, and suggested the path for Congress going forward was to...

  • But Democrats claimed victory on issue after issue, and suggested the path for Congress going forward was to navigate around Trump in a bipartisan manner if he refuses to constructively engage with lawmakers. Money for a U.S.- Mexico border wall Trump has said is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs was nowhere to be found in the agreement due...

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- Negotiators in the U.S. Congress reached a deal late on Sunday on around $1 trillion in federal funding that would avert a government shutdown later this week, while handing President Donald Trump a down payment on his promised military buildup. The full House of Representatives and Senate must still approve the bipartisan pact, which would be...