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TIMELINE: James Comey’s Firing

There’s a lot of breaking and new information on President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey. Catch up quick here.

James Comey Fired

On Tuesday, Washington, D.C. was shaken by the news that President Trump fired James Comey, previously the director of the FBI.

A lot has happened in the last 24 hours, so the Need to Know (NTK) Network has put together a timeline that will help you follow the dizzying turn of events.

May 2

May 3

  • Comey told senators in a Judiciary Committee hearing that he’s “mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact”

May 8

  • ProPublica reported that Comey’s testimony on Huma Abedin’s emails to Anthony Weiner in the prior week was inaccurate, on several counts

May 9

  • The FBI clarified Comey’s testimony in a letter to the Judiciary Committee, saying he overstated the nature of Abedin’s practice of forwarding emails to Weiner
  • 5:30pm: Trump fired James Comey
  • 6pm: More details emerged from the Comey firing; the White House blamed Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation
  • Evening: More details emerged, including the tidbit that Comey first saw news of his firing on TV and thought it was a “prank
  • Evening: Democrats in Congress reacted to the Comey firing mostly in unison, criticizing Trump and calling for a special prosecutor
  • Late PM: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said he’s working on legislation that would create an independent counsel to investigate Trump-Russia ties

May 10

  • 7am: @realDonaldTrump defended his Comey decision and called Democrats hypocrites in morning tweets; he also attacked Blumenthal
  • 9:30am: Maj. Ldr. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) denied calls for a special prosecutor on alleged Trump-Russia ties
  • 10:30am: Mty. Ldr. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requested closed-door briefing for senators from AG Sessions + Deputy AG Rosenstein
  • 11:30am: Trump said he fired Comey “because he was not doing a good job”
  • 11:30am: NYT reported Comey asked for more money for the FBI’s Russia investigation days before he was fired
  • 1:30pm: Comey was invited by Sens. Burr (R-NC) and Warner (D-VA) to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee
  • 2pm: AP counts more than a dozen GOP senators who have voiced concerns over Trump’s decision and the timing of Comey’s dismissal
  • 4:15pm: CNN‘s Jake Tapper reported there are two reasons Trump fired Comey: 1) a perceived lack of loyalty to Trump, and 2) an “accelerating” Russia investigation
  • 8pm: House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into the Comey firing
  • 11pm: Reporting from WaPo indicated Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein threatened to resign on Tuesday night after the White House put the Comey decision on him

May 11

  • 11:30am: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told lawmakers on Thursday that FBI Director James Comey had “broad support within the FBI,” contradicting a White House spokesman’s claim that “the rank-and-file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director”
  • 11:30am: McCabe told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) he will refrain from providing President Trump with updates on any investigation involving the president
  • 12pm: Deputy AG Rosenstein was spotted on Capitol Hill, apparently to meet with Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • 1pm: Trump contradicted White House statements by saying he made the decision to fire Comey, and would fire him “regardless of [DOJ] recommendation
  • 5pm: The first round of polling on Trump’s Comey firing revealed that Republicans find it “appropriate” and Democrats and independents do not; overall, 38% of U.S. adults said it was “appropriate,” 54% said it was “not appropriate”
  • Evening: A New York Times report indicated Comey believes he was fired because he refused to pledge loyalty to Trump during a January dinner the two had

May 12

  • 8:30am: President Trump implied he has “tapes” of his conversations with Comey in an early Friday tweet
  • 2:15pm: CNN‘s Jake Tapper confirmed the NYT report on Trump’s loyalty request, and added that Comey was “taken aback” by the request
  • 4pm: Sean Spicer did not deny that President Trump has taped his meetings with Comey in a press conference on Friday
  • 4:30pm: Comey declined a Senate Intelligence Committee invitation to testify in a closed session on Tuesday

May 15

  • 1:30pm: Deputy AG Rosenstein said he will brief all senators on Comey’s firing on Thursday, May 18
  • 2:15pm: Nancy Pelosi complained that the House does not have as much information on Comey’s firing as the Senate, and asked Rosenstein to brief the House as well

May 16

May 17

  • 2:15pm: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) invited Comey to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Weds., May 24 at 9:30am ET
  • 4:45pm: The Senate intelligence and judiciary committees seperately sought the memos Comey wrote about his conversations with Trump
  • 5pm: CNN‘s reporting suggested Republicans are becoming more comfortable with the idea of a special prosecutor or an independent commission to investigate alleged Trump-Russia ties
  • 5:15pm: Politico‘s reporting suggested Democratic leaders are trying to head off impeachment talk from their lower ranks

May 19

  • Senators announced Comey will testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee some time after Memorial Day

May 20

  • The New York Times reported President Trump told Russian officials that Trump was glad to fire Comey, “a real nut job

May 22

June 1

  • The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Comey will testify Thursday, June 8

June 6

  • The New York Times reported Comey told Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February he no longer wanted to be left alone with Trump
  • ABC News reported Comey “will stop short of saying Trump obstructed justice in Flynn probe”

June 7

  • Trump picked former Justice Department official Christopher Wray to lead the FBI
  • Comey released his opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, offering more details on his meetings with Trump

Keep up with NTK Network as we update this developing and complex story.