White House doesn’t dispute Trump called Comey a ‘nut job’ to Russians
The FBI investigation into alleged coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government has identified a current White House official as a “significant person of interest”, according to a new report.
Mr Kushner has long advised the President both during his campaign and in the White House.
“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”, Warner said in the statement announcing the open hearing.
The news broke shortly after Trump took off for his critically important five-country, eight-day foreign trip, the first of his presidency.
One government official interviewed by the Times claimed Trump’s talk of “pressure” was a negotiation tactic, meant to press upon Moscow that its meddling in the 2016 elections had raised problems for the president, and to induce Russian Federation into diplomatic concessions.
In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Questions about the FBI’s ongoing Russian Federation investigation dominated a joint press conference with Colombia President Juan Manual Santos.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the presidents rhetoric part of his deal-making.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the summary, saying in a statement that pressure applied by Comey had affected the President’s diplomatic efforts with Russian Federation regarding Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.
“Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way, shape or form, to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations”. The notes were taken from inside the office and circulated “as the official account of the meeting”.
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017.
“He refused to answer questions and he just kept pushing off everything onto Mueller”, said Democratic representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona.
Another on the condition of anonymity confirmed the quotes from the said document. The Justice Department’s newly appointed special counsel, Robert Mueller, was given the authority to investigate not only potential collusion but also related allegations, which would include obstruction of justice.
Mr Rosenstein briefed Congress this week about the circumstances surrounding Mr Comey’s firing.
The AFP reported that the Russian president has a recording of an exchange between Trump and the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov that he was “ready to provide” if necessary.
The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favourable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well.
The latest crisis to beset Trump comes days after an another revelation by the daily which claimed that the president has asked sacked FBI director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Federation.
“There was considerable frustration in the room”, said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee. “This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration. I don’t think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today”.
The White House has struggled since Comey’s firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and the Justice Department’s involvement in that decision.