Fired FBI Director Comey To Testify Publicly About Trump, Russia Probe

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 21, 2017

White House hopes that Donald Trump could leave allegations at home were crushed in a one-two punch of revelations that landed shortly after his departure.

While FBI Director James Comey was heading an investigation into Russian influence in the lead up and during the 2016 US Presidential election, including possible coordination between associates of Trump and Russian officials. The Committee will schedule the open hearing after Memorial Day.

Democrat Senator Mark Warner said he expected Mr Comey to "shed light on issues critical to this committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election".

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. Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting.

The new headlines were a fresh indication that Mr Trump would not be able to change the subject from what appears to be an intensifying investigation reaching toward the president and his inner circle.

The White House on Friday predicted that the investigation would back up Mr. Trump's account.

Another report published by The Washington Post claimed that Trump had revealed highly classified details to Lavrov and the Russian ambassador during the same meeting at the Oval Office. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to official meeting notes which were read aloud to the New York Times by an administration source.

FILERussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied talking about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump during his White House visit earlier this month. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by 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.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the President's rhetoric part of his deal-making.

"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.

While Comey was reportedly uncomfortable with the president's improper boundaries and conduct before he was sacked, sources say Comey hadn't come to any conclusions about the president's intent until he lost his job.

The president's son-in-law Jared Kushner is among those whose contacts with the Russian government have come under scrutiny. And although there's no timeline on how long the investigation will take, "it's not a good development for the Trump White House". Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress Friday he stands by a memo he wrote bluntly criticizing Comey.

CNN reported on Saturday that, according to a source, Comey believes that Trump tried to sway his judgment regarding the Russian Federation probe, however, even if this assertion came through in his testimony, it's not clear whether such influence would amount to obstruction of justice, as the burden of proof is quite high. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". After Comey's firing, Trump himself has interviewed several potential nominees.

"I was going to fire Comey", Trump said defiantly. "There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee. Rosenstein made it clear to the lawmakers that he drafted his memo only after Trump told him of his plans to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "This is a ridiculous statement for him to make", Pelosi said. "I believe it. I stand by it".

During his meetings with lawmakers, Mr Rosenstein said that his conversations with Mr Sessions revealed his long-held belief that Mr Comey should be replaced, based on his public statements related to the investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, beginning in July previous year. Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

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