Key lawmakers vow full airing of reasons behind Comey firing
- Author: Leroy Wright May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 21:12
During a March 20 House Intelligence hearing featuring then-FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, invoked Caputo's name as part of a "tarantula web" of links to Russian Federation.
Trump, according to his own retelling, asked Comey three times - twice on the phone and once in person - whether he was under investigation in the Russian Federation case. If Donald Trump has one fundamental commitment, it is to his own preservation, a celebration of personal well-being that he has elevated to a world view-the very world view that made men and women want to work for him in the first place.
While the list of finalists remains somewhat fluid and names could be added, two people close to the search said the President has concluded that he would like a team of lawyers, rather than a single lawyer, to represent him.
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she warned White House counsel Don McGahn about former national security adviser Michael Flynn so that the Trump administration could "act". A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the meetings.
A major concern that was raised in the wake of the disclosure was that Trump's revelations likely put the source of the information and the methods of collection in jeopardy. He urged them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election, but both officials refused, believing the request was inappropriate.
President Donald Trump asked two top USA intelligence officials in March to help push back against the FBI investigation into his campaign's possible links with Russia, The Washington Post reported Monday. That's something the President himself allegedly asked former FBI Director Comey to do during a private dinner. I'm talking about a president who must know there is a more destructive narrative about his fitness, for which he can not seem to stop providing ammunition.I would not be laboring under the delusion that the leaking of what Trump said is more outrageous than the substance of what Trump said.
The president's tweets drew little reaction from fellow Republicans, who instead joined Democrats in heaping praise on Mueller, a longtime respected lawman who served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, preceding Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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. Trump has already trimmed public appearances, skipping a planned Twitter forum Sunday.
White House officials say Comey's testimony about the scope of the FBI investigation upset Trump, who has dismissed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "witch hunt".
May 3: Comey tells Congress: "It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election".
May 9: Comey is fired. Can we say unethical and conflict of interest? "He was insane, a real nut job. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", he wrote in two tweets. "That's taken off. I'm not under investigation".
The FBI investigation into potential collusion has 100 agents, and is looking at several angles regarding Trump and Russian Federation.
"The gist of the conversation was that the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with Russian Federation to find areas of cooperation because this has been obviously so much in the news", National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" program.