FBI Russia Probe Expands to WH Adviser ‘Close to the President’
He also reportedly said, “I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation”.
“Mr.Comey served his country with honour for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story“.
James Comey, the former FBI director whose firing by U.S. President Donald Trump last week triggered an uproar, will testify about his experiences with Trump and the FBI’s investigation into Russia-Trump ties, lawmakers said on May 19.
Trump’s alleged pressure on Comey – denied by the White House – has exposed the president to accusations of obstructing justice.
Russian conversations intercepted by U.S. intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign indicated that Moscow saw Donald Trump associate Michael Flynn as an ally who could help influence the Republican nominee, CNN reported Saturday.
The White House has grappled with news that Trump allegedly revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State threat to the Russians in the same meeting he allegedly made the Comey remarks, and that he reportedly pressured Comey to ease off the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates had also warned the White House that Mr Flynn was potentially vulnerable to Russian extortion almost three weeks before he stepped down. “That’s taken off. I’m not under investigation”.
The investigation is not only focused on those now in the administration, but also Trump campaign associates no longer working for the president.
The latest report from the Post, citing unnamed sources familiar with the investigation, undercuts Trump’s insistence that his campaign had nothing to do with the Kremlin.
Former FBI director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a date to be set after Memorial Day, committee leaders announced Friday night. He said: “By grandstanding and politicising the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation. That’s taken off”, Trump was quoted as saying.
According to his testimony, Rosenstein said that he learned Trump “intended to remove director Comey and sought my advice and input” on May 8, a move he thought was “appropriate”.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the presidents rhetoric part of his deal-making.
Intercepted Russian communications suggest that Russian officials felt that they had built up such a strong relationship with Flynn that they could use him to influence Trump and his inner circle, CNN reported.
Comey is sure to face pointed questions from the committee about whether Trump directly asked him to squash the Flynn investigation and whether he thinks he was sacked for refusing.
He appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert S. Mueller III to a job giving him wide latitude to investigate whatever and whomever he wants under the umbrella of Russian Federation and Trump.
Burr says the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the US intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year’s election.
Despite such frustrations, members agreed that Rosenstein had received a warm reception from both Republicans and Democrats at the meeting, a development that they said showed not only praise for his selection of Mueller to oversee the probe but also a recognition that Republican resistance to an independent probe was futile.
Pelosi told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that “every day the president gives us more reason to believe that he does not respect the office that he holds”.