Comey Agrees To Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 21, 2017

The New York Times cited an unnamed U.S. official as its source for receiving the comments, which had been taken down in notes summarizing the meeting.

Mr Comey's decision comes as the New York Times reports President Trump told Russian officials at the White House that firing Mr Comey relieved 'great pressure'. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to a document that described the meeting, which the The Times got access to via a USA official.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSunday shows preview: Trump overseas as Russian Federation probe heats up Pence marks Armed Forces Day with vow to rebuild military Senators told of broadening Russian Federation investigation MORE (R-Fla.), who sits on the intelligence panel, will appear on CBS's "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, where he's likely to face questions about areas of interest for that hearing. "That's taken off", the president reportedly said. "By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said. Initially, the administration had claimed that the president had terminated Comey's employment based exclusively upon a recommendation from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The White House did not comment on the authenticity of Trump's conversation with the Russian officials in the Oval Office on 9 May. Among Trump's senior White House advisers are several former campaign officials, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway.

Another on the condition of anonymity confirmed the quotes from the said document. And although there's no timeline on how long the investigation will take, "it's not a good development for the Trump White House". Stories about Trump divulging code-name secrets to Russian officials and demanding Comey to pledge loyalty to him and his administration have rocked the White House in recent days.

Mr Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". That's increased the appetite on Capitol Hill to hear directly from Comey himself. But the public hasn't heard directly from the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director yet.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told The New York Times in a statement that Comey put unnecessary pressure on the president's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State. "My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination", he said. "I believe it. I stand by it".

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself, and the Russians - zero", Mr. Trump told reporters.

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