Trump tells Russians about firing Comey
The committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, and its senior Democrat, Sen.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said clearly there might come a time when the special counsel thought the congressional investigation might interfere with his own probe. A date has not been set.
Mueller’s broad mandate gives him not only oversight of the Russian Federation probe, but also “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation”.
Mr Comey had been running an inquiry into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump’s election campaign.
The New York Times reports that Trump also had a few choice words for the Russians about the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, whom he defenestrated last week.
Trump reportedly added, “I’m not under investigation”. The members said he said he’d been told of the decision to fire Comey before he was asked to write the memo. Since then, the Times has reported that Trump had vouched for ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, telling Comey that Flynn was a “good guy” and expressing hope that Comey could end his investigation into Flynn’s contacts with the Russians. It said the paper was based on notes taken during the meeting inside the Oval Office.
Trump was trying to guilt the Kremlin into making concessions to him?
Trump’s May 9 decision of fire Comey has set off a series of events and fueled speculation surrounding the Russian Federation investigation. The adviser under scrutiny is not named, but described as someone close to Trump. Investigators have started conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas. “He was insane, a real nut job”.
The document was read to the Times by one official, and a second official confirmed broad strokes of the discussion, the newspaper said. “He was insane, a real nut job”, Trump said, according to a report based on a summary of the meeting obtained by the Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation”. Mark Warner of Virginia, said Comey’s appearance would take place after Memorial Day.
The latest report was published just as Mr Trump took off on a flight to the Middle East for the first leg of his first foreign tour as president.
“I just fired the head of the FBI”, Trump, according to a document read to the Times by an American official. Joe Lieberman was among his top choices. That was nine days ago.
He’d previously said he might announce his nominee before he left.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told members of Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that preceded the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The Justice Department on Friday distributed prepared remarks that Rosenstein delivered to Congress in separate briefings.
He says his memo is not a finding of official misconduct and is not a statement of reasons to justify Comey’s firing. The bureau is also probing whether Trump associates have business ties to Russian Federation and any connection between the Trump campaign and the hacking of Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign officials’ emails. The deputy attorney general then reports to the USA president.
Trott says Maryland Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings asked something like, “So you woke up one morning and made a decision to write a memo?” But the takeaway, as it has been for some time, is that the president’s primary consideration in firing the FBI director was the FBI’s Russian Federation investigation.
He says that even his “enemies” recognize his innocence, and he’s declaring himself the most unfairly hounded president in history. 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.