Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee
Several news reports have emerged in the wake of Comey’s firing, alleging that Trump demanded “loyalty” from the former FBI director, asked him to “let” the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn go, and told Russian officials that Comey was “crazy” and a “nut job”.
Democratic lawmakers for weeks have been calling for the appointment of an independent prosecutor to head the investigation, particularly since Mr. Trump abruptly fired former FBI chief James Comey last week in the middle of the agency’s probe into Russia’s involvement in the U.S. elections and the Kremlin’s links with the mogul’s presidential campaign.
Trump’s dismissal of Comey was met with bipartisan derision.
In a statement on Wednesday, Trump said an investigation will confirm that “there was no collusion” between his campaign and Russian Federation.
Donald TrumpWASHINGTON, D.C., USA – MAY 10, 2017: President Donald Trump of the United States looks on during talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not in picture) in the Oval Office at the White House. The report did not name the adviser.
Trump did, in fact, end up spotting Comey – who is 6 feet 8 inches tall.
Rosenstein was returning to the Capitol on Friday for another closed-door session, this time with all members of the House. “There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero, ” Trump said at a White House press conference with a visiting foreign leader.
US President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone on Thursday after days of political tumult, denied asking former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser and decried a “witch hunt” against him.
COMEY: That’s not something I’m going to comment on.
The Justice Department on Friday distributed prepared remarks that Rosenstein delivered to Congress in separate briefings.
When Rod Rosenstein was being confirmed as deputy attorney general, his critics were concerned about whether he could impartially lead an investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and the Russian government.
In the two days that followed, White House officials and Vice President Mike Pence said Trump was acting on the recommendation of the deputy attorney general. Despite the president’s furious reaction, some fellow Republicans welcomed Mueller’s appointment and expressed hopes it would restore some composure to a capital plunged in chaos. Also this week, Rosenstein told the House and Senate that he knew Comey was going to be canned before he wrote his memo.
Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton says Rosenstein didn’t “do a lot to bolster our confidence in him”.
The new headlines were a fresh indication that Mr Trump would not be able to change the subject from what appears to be an intensifying investigation reaching toward the president and his inner circle.
“My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination”, he said.
He added, “I chose the issues to include in my memorandum”.
“I wrote it. I believe it”.
The memo focuses on Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director’s decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures.
“Rosenstein testimony to Senate was profoundly disturbing”, Sen.
He also reportedly told them: “I’m not under investigation”.
Early in the day, a seething Trump took to Twitter to blast the appointment, which shook Washington and sent world stock markets tumbling. However, at a combative news conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office. “And I think this shows a very divided country”.