Senior White House aide ‘person of interest’ in Russian Federation probe

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Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the panel, said Comey’s testimony would help “answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President”.

Former FBI director James Comey told associates Trump asked him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The recently sacked intelligence official has agreed to the hearing amid growing concern over President Trump’s ties to Russian Federation and his involvement in the ongoing the investigation into former National Security advisor Michael Flynn.

He responded to the report a White House official is a person of interest with one sentence: “As the President has stated before – a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity”.

This story is developing and will be updated as details come in.

President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner (R), as his daughter Ivanka Trump, (L), stands nearby, after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City.

A third government official briefed on the meeting defended the president, saying Trump was using a negotiating tactic when he told Lavrov about the “pressure” he was under. “I am surprised he will do so given the fact we now have a Special Counsel who will likely be investigating matters related to their conversations”.

The White House yesterday predicted that the investigation would back up Mr Trump’s account.

Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week that Comey was a “nut job”, according to the Times, citing notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a United States official.

Spicer said of the former FBI director: “by grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation”.

Questions about the FBI’s ongoing Russian Federation investigation dominated a joint press conference with Colombia President Juan Manual Santos. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen.

Asked point-blank if he’d done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no – and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: “I think it’s totally ridiculous”. “It makes it very clear that what Donald Trump was trying to do was to end the Russian investigation”.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump depart the White House to embark on a trip to the Middle East and Europe, in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017.

The news comes after it was last week announced former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and Mr Trump’s campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election, in an effort to re-establish independence from the White House. “That’s taken off.” Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak came one day after Comey was sacked. The White House counsel’s office was alerted only after the order appointing Mueller was signed, said a senior White House official, who was not authorized to speak publicly by name and commented only on condition of anonymity.

“This is an inflection point in the entire Russian Federation collusion investigation”, he told MSNBC.

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