U.S. senator insists special counsel won’t derail Congress’ Russia probes

That’s because Comey, as FBI director, was leading the Russia investigation and had recently announced the probe was targeting alleged Russian ties to Trump’s campaign.

According to McClatchy, special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe on Russian interference in the 2016 election will include looking into a possible White House cover up.

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

Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Committee, hoped that Comey’s testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since he was sacked by Trump last week.

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.

Earlier Friday, the New York Times reported that Trump told visiting Russian officials in a May 10 White House meeting that he had fired Comey because “he was insane, a real nut job”.

The new Times story cited a document that summarized Trump’s meeting with Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

He said Trump’s Oval Office comments amounted to “pretty clear evidence” that his “motive in firing Comey was to obstruct justice”.

The Washington Post story reported that the probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation had identified a senior White House adviser who is close to the president as a “significant person of interest“.

Richard Painter, who served as President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007, told the Daily News the real story was something different.

Wyden said he needed time to decide how to respond, but pledged he would do so.

US intelligence agencies said Russian Federation hacked emails of senior Democrats and orchestrated the release of embarrassing information in a bid to tip the 2016 USA presidential election in favor of Trump, whose views were seen as more in line with Moscow’s. So the White House set about saying this was Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s decision and issued a memo from him focused exclusively on the Clinton investigation.

Rosenstein said in testimony to the Congress this week that investigators are now looking into the possibility of a coverup by the White House, unidentified lawmakers told McClatchy Friday.

Trump also has suggested he fired Comey in part because of his investigation into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

“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”, said Sen.

The White House has struggled since Comeys firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and the Justice Departments involvement in that decision. Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed – as recently as Thursday – to the “very strong” recommendation from Rosenstein. But he added: “I haven’t lost my confidence in the president to be our president, I just haven’t”.

In the briefing, Rosenstein stressed that his memo criticizing Comey was not meant to be a finding of official misconduct or a “statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination”. I believe it. I stand by it.”.

The memo focuses on Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director’s decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures.

Mr Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment, denying he had done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: “I think it’s totally ridiculous”.

Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment of a special counsel, a prosecutor with wide authority to investigate Russia’s interference and other potential crimes uncovered.

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