Comey agrees to testify in front of Senate committee
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 13:13
USA president Donald Trump has denied he asked former FBI director James Comey to halt an investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn, as he dismissed the appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee the investigation as a "witch-hunt".
White House press secretary Sean Spicer "did not dispute the account" of the meeting, according to the Times, arguing that the investigation put pressure on the president's "ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation".
Mr Trump also strongly defended his decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.
"Trump feels really, really, really bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back", said a White House official, according to the Beast.
In a brief statement, Mueller said, "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability", CNN reported. It appears to be another incidence of Trump claiming he fired Comey because of the Russian investigation, contradicting the official reason given by the White House.
As the Post notes, Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are among the current administration officials known to have communicated with Russian officials during the campaign. The meeting will be scheduled sometime after Memorial Day. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".
Comey had been leading the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Tonight, President Donald Trump began his first foreign trip as the leader of the free world, stopping off at Jerusalem, Vatican City, Brussels and Sicily.
"I'm not under investigation", he said.
Senator Claire McCaskill told reporters Rosenstein was "very careful about not going into any details surrounding the removal of Comey because he wants to give Robert Mueller the opportunity to make an independent decision" about how to move forward on the case.
Earlier, Mr Trump had taken to twitter to vent his frustration at the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into Russian Federation. Comey was standing in the room during the event and tried to camouflage himself, Wittes said, so that Mr. Trump wouldn't notice him. But he made clear it was not his intention for Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Comey, which is what they have done. "If there was any question as to why Comey was really fired, @realDonaldTrump just answered it".
If we didn't know any better, we'd nearly think this was planned. "Believe me, there's no collusion". The next day, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.