Trump branded Comey ‘nut job’ as investigation points at White House

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James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief whose firing by President Donald Trump has triggered uproar, has agreed to testify publicly about Russian interference in the 2016 elections, lawmakers have announced.

Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.

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.

The Times report is the latest in what has been a steady stream of news that has arisen out of Trump’s decision to fire Comey and which threatens to overshadow Trump’s foreign travel. “Moreover, the White House has not ruled out the possibility of using the rule to challenge Mueller’s findings in court, should the investigation lead to prosecution”.

Comey, who has not spoken publicly in the 10 days since he was sacked, will testify in an open session of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In the Oval Office weeks later, Comey told associates, the president asked him to shut down an investigation into Flynn.

Mr Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting. The White House repeated its assertion that a “thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity”.

“This new report that President Trump openly admitted to the Russians that he “faced great pressure” from the FBI’s criminal investigation that was “taken off” when he fired Director Comey is astonishing – and extremely troubling”, he said.

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.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the New York Times in a statement that Comey had behaved politically and put unnecessary pressure on the president’s ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation on matters such as Syria, ukraine and the Islamic State.

The CNN legal analyst has used those words in discussing the possibility that President Donald Trump committed the act by firing FBI Director James Comey to impede the Russian Federation investigation. As for the separate report of a “person of interest” under investigation, the Post said the senior White House adviser “under scrutiny” is someone close to the president but did not name the person. The notes were taken from inside the office and circulated “as the official account of the meeting”.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on whether it is reviewing the ethics rule in order to undermine Mueller’s credibility.

Trump also set a goal to use the visits as a way to signal that the USA is re-establishing its global leadership role while emphasising its allies’ responsibility to share more of the burden of their own defense and to increase investment and partnerships that can create U.S. jobs, the official said.

“Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader”, Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein ensured House members that the Justice Department would work with members of Congress “to coordinate our parallel efforts” and establish a point of contact for Mueller.

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