Former FBI Director James Comey to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 5:13
The committee said Comey would testify after Memorial Day, which is May 29.
The counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion by the campaign of President Trump with Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential elections has become a criminal probe, several US senators said after a briefing yesterday, McClatchy Newspapers reports. "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denies discussing the firing of former FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump during his White House visit earlier this month.
At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe.
The Post, citing people familiar with the matter, said the official is someone close to President Donald Trump, but would not further identify the person.
The reports come as the President leaves for his first foreign trip. Yes, hiring a special counsel is bound to make any White House nervous. "I asked him. You fired him already".
After Rosenstein briefed members of the House of Representatives on Friday, Congressman Darrell Issa was asked by reporters if Rosenstein indicated whether anyone had asked or encouraged him to write the memo about Comey. In the memo, Comey alleged that Trump asked him to drop the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that, according to a memo written by Comey, Trump had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to shut down the probe into Flynn.
But the Flynn situation has been different, several officials and advisers said. He says he thought that move was appropriate and produced a memo summarizing what he said were his "longstanding concerns" over Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation.
House members leaving a briefing by the deputy attorney general on the probe of connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign say they're frustrated at not getting answers.
The report comes hot on the heels of a Washington Post report, published earlier on Friday, alleging that the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation has now named current senior White House adviser as a "person of interest". "His answer was everyone is free to characterize anything the way they wish", said Rep. Dave Trott, R-Mich.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that a current White House official is a significant person of interest in the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.