Comey to testify on role in FBI's Russian Federation inquiry

The President also dismissed reports that he demanded loyalty pledge from former FBI Director James Comey at a private dinner.Trump responded saying, "No, I didn't but I think loyalty to the country, loyalty to the U.S.is important".

"I really think that rather than have all these memorandums and issues circulating around, that we need to put the facts before the American people", she said.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn't deny the comments, but said, "The president has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russian Federation as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues..."

Former FBI director James Comey is now convinced Donald Trump was trying to influence his investigation into ties between the President and Russian Federation, a source close to him has said. According to its report, Trump told the Russians, "I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a member of that committee, said he wants to press Comey as to whether he ever believed the White House was interfering with his work, in light of a spate of news reports that Comey had kept detailed records of his interactions with Trump. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer has called the president's rhetoric part of his deal-making, contending that Comey had created "unnecessary pressure" on Trump's ability to negotiate with Russian Federation on a range of issues.

White House lawyers have started consulting experts on impeachment as murmurs of Donald Trump's removal from office have grown louder in recent weeks, it has been reported.

Late on Friday, the Senate intelligence committee announced that Mr Comey had agreed to testify at an open hearing at an undetermined date after Memorial Day on May 29.

The White House did not deny the claim.

Rubio emphasised that he would reserve judgment until he had seen all the evidence and heard from sources, including Comey.

The Senate bombshell came on the heels of the new administration's Deputy Attorney General appointing a special counsel in a separate probe on the matter.

The president's reported comments have led many to question what kind of pressure Comey's firing aimed to alleviate. "This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration". Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed to the "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein. But he added, "I wrote it". "Did the president fire Comey because of his investigation and was he anxious about what the investigation might conclude?" However, at a combative news conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.

  • Larry Hoffman