Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 14:08
Administration officials including Spicer, Vice President Mike Pence and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway initially argued that Comey's dismissal had "nothing to do" with the FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the US election, which includes looking into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russian operatives.
Cummings said the committee's GOP chairman, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, "should. have his subpoena pen ready" to obtain any White House documents related to Trump's meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Trump repeatedly insisted Comey had told him he was "not under investigation", and said the director better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations.
Trump has said he plans to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director soon, and that had been expected before his departure Friday afternoon on his first foreign trip as president.
Sacked FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before a Congressional committee in an open session about alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential polls past year.
While White House staffers solidified the details of Trump's first foreign trip, sensitive information apparently poured out of the administration like a sieve to major United States news outlets regarding the president's handling of the former FBI director and the ongoing law enforcement investigation into his campaign.
Trump had said Thursday he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Sen.
Comey's expected testimony also comes after Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the selection of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
It says the President then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".
The Justice Department issued the text of Mr Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.
On Friday, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote bluntly criticising Mr Comey.
In Rosenstein's meetings with lawmakers, he reiterated the scathing critique laid out in his memo concerning Comey's handling of the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server, including Comey's July news conference announcing that the FBI would not recommend charges.
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"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said.
"I came out of there knowing that I trust this deputy attorney general, that I trust this special counsel and while he didn't answer many questions, he had a clear reason for not answering", Cleaver said.
President Trump was hit with another set of Russia-related allegations late Fridaymoments after departing on his first foreign trip as commander-in-chief, with one report claiming the president trash-talked James Comey in a meeting with Moscow dignitaries and another saying the Russian Federation probe has reached a current White House official.