>> And we're right now talking about Russia.>> Shrugging off a deafening outcry over the firing of FBI Director, James Comey, President Trump meeting with top Russian officials on Wednesday. The White House denying Comey's removal was in any way related to his lead role in the probe of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia.
Comey's dismissal coming amid indications the FBI's Russia probe had advanced into a new phase, Warren Strobel is on the story.>> One of the main things we've learned today is Senator Diane Feinstein, one of the leading members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, gave us a little bit of a hint of a closed door briefing that they had with Director Comey, just a couple of weeks ago, where he talked about the investigation.
And as Senator Feinstein described it, Comey outlined a very extensive, substantial investigation, one that is focused both on counterintelligence matters and criminal matters when it comes to Russia's involvement in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.>> Democrats such as Feinstein and Senate leader Chuck Schumer calling for a special prosecutor on Russia.
>> What was the tipping point?>> I think it's been an erosion of confidence.>> White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, rejecting reports Comey's dismissal had been arranged in haste, saying Trump had been considering Comey's exit for months, but had asked Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, to write a memo forming the basis for Tuesday's ouster.
Sanders also saying Comey, whom Trump had praised on several occasions, had committed, quote, atrocities as FBI Director, referring to his handling of Hillary Clinton's email probe.>> A lot of missteps and mistakes.>> Trump offering only a brief defense of the firing during an appearance with Henry Kissinger.
>> He was not doing a good job.>> Trump later meeting privately with two Russian officials, Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, whose contacts with former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, led to his firing after less than a month in office. On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee issuing Flynn a subpoena, seeking records of any emails, calls, and financial dealings he's had with Russia.