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As the White House defends Comey's firing, its allies join in deflecting calls for an independent Russia investigation

As the White House defends Comey's firing, its allies join in deflecting calls for an independent Russia investigation

The White House sought to portray President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey as an act of decisiveness Wednesday, as administration allies fought back against calls for a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.

Although the ouster came suddenly and took even the White House staff by surprise, officials who described the timeline of events said it marked the culmination of a long-running erosion of confidence between the FBI chief and the president.

“He wasn't doing a good job. Very simply,” Trump said in the Oval Office, where he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak....

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