Senior White House Official Said to Figure in FBI Probe
Ex-FBI boss James Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump, has agreed to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Air Force One departed from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, outside Washington, with the president, first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as a group of senior advisers and journalists covering the trip.
President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats last week his firing of “nut job” James Comey had eased the pressure on him, even as the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation had moved into the White House, according to reports Friday that pursued the president as he began his maiden foreign trip.
And in the wake of a Friday New York Times report in which Trump is said to have told the Russians “I faced great pressure because of Russia“.
Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: “I hope that former director Comey’s testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the president”.
The White House yesterday predicted that the investigation would back up Mr Trump’s account.
A number of lawmakers said Rosenstein also told them that Comey hadn’t asked for more resources for the Russian Federation investigation before he was sacked as some reports had indicated.
“Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations”, he added.
Former FBI director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee about meeting with Donald Trump.
The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon that a senior White House adviser, close to the president, was under scrutiny by investigators examining possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
According to the U.S. daily, the quotes and other excerpts from the minutes was readout to its correspondent by a Trump administration official.
The reports emerged as Mr Trump departed for his first overseas trip as U.S. president amid the controversy surrounding investigations into whether his campaign associates collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election.
“On May 8, I learned that President Trump meant to remove Director Comey and sought my advice and input”, Rosenstein said. Trump was telling Mr. Lavrov of the “pressure” he was now under.
President Trump was hit with another set of Russia-related allegations late Friday moments after departing on his first foreign trip as commander-in-chief, with one report claiming the president trash-talked James Comey in a meeting with Moscow dignitaries and another saying the Russian Federation probe has reached a current White House official.
The Times report added to the impression, given by Trump himself in a television interview last week, that the Russian Federation issue was a factor in firing Comey.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the memo the president initially cited as justification for firing FBI Director James Comey.
Trump on Friday took off for a nine-day trip overseas, his first as president.
At the time, the White House distributed the memo written by Rosenstein, which was dated May 9.