Trump repeatedly tried to compromise Comey, friend says
- Author: Leroy Wright May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 10:01
Ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) said in his own statement that he expects the former Director's testimony to "shed light on issues critical" to the Committee's ongoing investigation of possible ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's Presidential campaign.
So far, President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, have been the public centers of the investigation.
"You've headline risk and the market sold off briefly because of those headlines on a slow Friday afternoon", Andrew Frankel, co-president of Stuart Frankel & Co in NY.
The 59-year-old Flynn has already been at the heart of several controversies in Trump's four-month presidency and now will face new scrutiny with the appointment Wednesday of special counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the county's top criminal investigative agency.
And while Comey's firing and the week's other bombshell story-that Trump had reportedly spilled classified information to senior Russian officials-seemed like somewhat distinct scandals, it turns out they may well be related.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify.
The counsel is not required to consult or keep informed the attorney general or deputy attorney generals on the course of the probe. "This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Trump later told news anchors at the White House that Mueller's appointment was a "very, very negative thing", adding: "I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".
"He also told me that Trump was perceptibly uncomfortable with this answer", wrote Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a critic of Trump.
Benjamin Wittes, senior Brookings fellow and friend of Comey's, writes that Comey told him Trump had "asked for loyalty" soon after taking office and been "perceptibly uncomfortable" when Comey offered only honesty.
By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation.
Rosenstein briefed senators on Thursday, but made no public comments.
The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and who exactly made the decision. "It's special", Trump said.
The White House initially said last week that Trump was prompted to fire Comey after reading the Rosenstein letter.
"After my 10th day on my new job in Washington, D.C., a friend sent me a text message that said, 'You need to get out of there!'" Rosenstein said.