Mueller's Background Brings Potential Conflicts Of Interest Into Russia Probe
- Author: Leroy Wright May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 11:11
Former FBI director James Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump amid an agency probe into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election, has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing. "I certainly want former Director Comey to be able to tell his side of the story in regards to President Trump".
Questions about the FBI's ongoing Russian Federation investigation dominated a joint press conference with Colombia President Juan Manual Santos.
The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday.Critics have assailed Trump for dismissing the FBI chief at a time when the agency is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States of America election, and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign.The Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and parallel congressional investigations have cast a cloud over Trump's presidency since he took office on January 20, threatening to overwhelm his policy priorities.
No date has yet been set for the open session hearing, though the statement said it would take place after the Memorial Day holiday, May 29.
Part of Mueller's investigation could examine if President Trump obstructed justice when he reportedly told Comey in relation to a federal probe of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, "He is a good guy. He was insane, a real nut job", the Times reported that Trump said during the May 10 meeting. The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple Congressional committees.
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said he expects Comey to "shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election". The anticipation, however, will only be the more intense for what Committee chairman Richard Burr blandly calls Comey's opportunity to "clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media".
That would surely include Trump's firing of Comey.
The White House repeated its assertion that a "thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity". Trump is scheduled to meet with Saudi King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron. The White House didn't deny the statement.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named Special Counsel for the Russian Federation investigation on Wednesday.
On Thursday, as Senate lawmakers emerged from a private briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, one alluded to the investigation taking a new turn.
Hillary retweeted the clip and added: "I burst out laughing when I saw this video".