Russia Probe Looking at Official in Trump White House
“The Committee looks forwards to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media”, said committee Chairman and Senator Richard Burr, R. -N.C., in a late Friday press release issued jointly with Senator Mark Warner, D.
The mainstream media have jumped on the as-yet-anonymous reports as additional fuel for their assertions that Trump ousted Comey for investigating his ties with Russian Federation.
The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation.
As of Friday, a Washington Post report says a White House staffer close to the president is a “significant person of interest” in the Russian Federation investigation. A Washington Post report, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser is now considered a “person of interest” in the law enforcement investigation into whether Trump’s campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election. Richard Burr, who chairs the committee. But he added, “I wrote it”. I believe it. I stand by it.. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader.. “I wrote a brief memorandum to the attorney general summarizing my long-standing concerns about Director Comey’s public statements concerning the Secretary Clinton email investigation”. But the president undercut that argument a day later, telling NBC News, “When I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself – I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story”.
Ten days after James Comey was sacked by President Donald Trump, the former FBI Director agreed to testify before an open session of the Senate Intel Committee. “He was insane, a real nut job”. It says the president then told Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador that he “faced great pressure because of Russian Federation”.
Trump met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office the day after Trump fired Comey, who was in charge of the Russia election probe.
And The New York Times reported that the president had told Russian officials he felt the dismissal of his Federal Bureau of Investigation director had relieved great pressure on him. I have some concerns. “I hope you can let this go”. Those issues were not resolved with his speech to members of the House on Friday.
The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple Congressional committees.
Many Democrats and some Republicans have raised alarms that the president may have tried to obstruct justice by firing Comey. Several said they learned nothing new from speaking with him.
The report does not say who the cover-up probe will target.
The Justice Department on Friday released the text of Rosenstein’s opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill. “Congress is going to want to look over the shoulder of this investigation. the executive branch will always try to limit that for fear that it would contaminate a potential criminal investigation for leaks, all the while sometimes leaks occur in the executive branch”.