Hundreds gather at White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey

Protesters gathered outside the White House on Wednesday, displaying signs with various messages from calling for a special prosecutor to alleging a cover-up to tying President Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin. This comes on the heels of Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Comey sought to expand his agency’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election before Trump fired him on Tuesday, a congressional source said Wednesday.

Facing criticism from members of Congress, the Trump administration denied the firing was related to the FBI probe of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Moscow to sway the election.

The president, who met Russia’s foreign minister at the White House on Wednesday, defended his decision to abruptly fire Comey from a law enforcement post he had held since 2013. (Reuters)

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Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

About 300 people rally to protest against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Angry over the firing of Comey, the demonstrators demanded that an independent special prosecutor investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

About 300 people rally to protest against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Angry over the firing of Comey, the demonstrators demanded that an independent special prosecutor investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

A tourist takes a selfie with a large effigy of President Donald Trump during a protest rally against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Angry over the firing of Comey, about 300 demonstrators demanded that an independent special prosecutor investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

About 300 people rally to protest against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Angry over the firing of Comey, the demonstrators demanded that an independent special prosecutor investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

Protesters gather to rally against U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

About 300 people rally to protest against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Angry over the firing of Comey, the demonstrators demanded that an independent special prosecutor investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

A protester holds a Russian flag with U.S. President Donald Trump’s name on it as demonstrators rally against Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

Democratic National Party Chirman Tom Perez speaks as about 300 people rally to protest against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump fired Comey a day earlier, demonstrators called it the ‘Tuesday Night Massacre,’ recalling former President Richard Nixon’s firing of a independent special prosecutor. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

About 300 people rally to protest against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Angry over the firing of Comey, the demonstrators demanded that an independent special prosecutor investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

About 300 people rally to protest against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Angry over the firing of Comey, the demonstrators demanded that an independent special prosecutor investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

About 300 people rally to protest against President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Angry over the firing of Comey, the demonstrators demanded that an independent special prosecutor investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

Protesters gather to rally against U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

Protesters gather to rally against U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, outside the White House in Washington, U.S. May 10, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Hundreds gather at the White House to protest Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. Comey

Demonstrators gather outside the White House a day after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)