]>> U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday defending his decision to fire FBI director James Comey.>> Why did you fire director Comey?>> Because he wasn't doing a good job. Very simply, he was not doing a good job. The move condemned by a growing chorus of Democrats, and some members of his own party.
The crux of their outrage, the fact that Comey was heading an active probe into whether members of Trump's presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government. A US congressional source telling Reuters that Comey had sought additional money and personnel to expand his probe of Russia ties days before he was sacked.
Democrats now beating the drum for a special prosecutor to lead the inquiry into Russian involvement.>> I hope the majority leader agrees with me, that we need to get to the bottom of this. And get a handle on all the facts so that we can grapple with them.
>> But the Senate's Republican majority leader dismissing the call. Perhaps most mystifying about the decision to can Comey was the White House's justification. That he had mishandled the election year investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. At the time, Trump had praised Comey for going public with the twists and turns of that inquiry, which hurt Clinton's bid for the White House.
>> I respect the fact that Director Comey was able to come back after what he did. But I'll tell you what, what he did, he brought back his reputation. On Wednesday, the White House Deputy Press Secretary explaining Trump's complete 180.>> I think you're looking at two very different positions, the president was wearing a different hat at that time, he was a candidate, not the president.
Those circumstances certainly change when you become the president.>> Even Democrats who last year said Comey should be fired for potentially affecting the outcome of the U.S. election, now leaping to the former FBI director's defense, claiming the firing was an attack on the FBI's independence. And that no president should be able to hire and fire the people investigating him.
Much of Washington had viewed Comey as untouchable after he revealed the FBI probe into the Trump campaign's alleged Russia ties at a hearing in March. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday defending the decision to can the FBI director.>> President Trump provided the kind of strong and decisive leadership the American people have come to be accustomed from him.
And he took the action necessary to remove director Comey. And now already this morning the President is in the process of evaluating individuals who will be able to fill that spot, lead the FBI, and restore the confidence of the American people.>> The administration denies colluding with Russia during the presidential campaign, and Russia denies interfering in the U.S. election.
Trump meeting Wednesday with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in a highest profile contact between the president and the Russian government since Trump took office.