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

24 May, 2017, 11:52 | Author: Melody Ballard

An Atlantic Monthly report says Trump's actions seem to be "the work of a man who simply has no idea what he's doing".

In other breaking Russian Federation news, the Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI's Russia's probe has "identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest".

The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.

In a statement in response, White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not deny the report, but said Mr Comey had created "unnecessary pressure" on the US' ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the document. He suggested in a tweet that the special counsel brought in to take over the Russian Federation investigation, former FBI director Robert Mueller, may stop Comey speaking in public about an ongoing investigation.

Pressure is mounting in Congress - especially among Republicans - to scrutinize Mr. Trump's investigation in light of the rapid-fire sequences of events taking place since Comey's firing more than a week ago.

The White House didn't confirm or deny either report, in a pair of statements sent together from Air Force One.

Trump's approval rating continues to slip to 41%.

The White House did not dispute the account portrayed, and instead said that the FBI investigation had put unnecessary pressure on the President's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation.

But Rosenstein came under intense pressure from Democratic lawmakers to step aside and name an independent prosecutor after he became embroiled in the political fight over why Comey was sacked on May 9, a battle that raised questions of whether Rosenstein was sufficiently independent of the White House.

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Mr Comey will certainly be asked about encounters that precipitated his firing, including a January dinner in which, Mr Comey has told associates, Mr Trump asked for his loyalty.

"This is blatant", Painter said.

Trump has denounced the FBI investigation as a witch hunt and a charade, and said Wednesday that Mueller would find no evidence that his presidential campaign cooperated with Russian intelligence.

Attorney Nick Akerman, an assistant special prosecutor during Watergate, said building an obstruction case "comes down to intent".

"You have to have intent in order to obstruct justice in the criminal sense", the source told CNN. "We've got everything at this point except hand-drawn pictures about what is in his mind", he said.

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. These figures include former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day, and the main question around his hearing will be whether Comey believes Trump was trying to intervene in the FBI's investigation. Burr was joined in the statement by committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.).

"Director Comey ... deserves an opportunity to tell his story", said Sen.


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