Comey's dismissal not discussed at meeting with Trump - Lavrov
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 17:55
He was sacked from his position at the White House in February, after less than a month on the job, for failing to disclose the content of talks with Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has been grappling with such options this week, after Flynn's lawyers informed that panel that he would not comply with a subpoena for documents relating to his contacts with Russian officials between June 16, 2015 and January 20, arguing that Flynn had a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Americans also generally do not seem to believe the narrative Trump has told about the Comey firing: 54% say they do not believe that Comey told Trump three times that he was not under investigation, which Trump claimed in his letter firing Comey.
Dan Coats, the current US director of national intelligence, declined to comment Tuesday on a Washington Post report that said the president had asked him to publicly deny any collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.
One of those memos reportedly details Trump pressuring Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Republicans on the committee pushed Brennan about whether there was evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to an official summary of the meeting that a United States of America official read to The Times.
"But I know that there was a sufficient basis of information and intelligence that required further investigation by the bureau to determine whether or not U.S. persons were actively conspiring and colluding with Russian officials", the former CIA chief said.
The press offices of the White House and NSA did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Wednesday.
Post sources said "Trump's conversation with Rogers was documented contemporaneously in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official".
Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page says he will testify next month before the House intelligence committee as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Former CIA Director John Brennan was anxious previous year that Russian officials were trying to corrupt members of the Trump campaign but he doesn't know whether their contacts amounted to collusion to sway the presidential election.
Schiff said the House Intelligence Committee's investigation was back on track after the committee's chairman, Republican Devin Nunes of California, stepped aside as a result of an ethics investigation.
Mark Warner of Virginia, announced that the committee had issued new subpoenas to two firms associated with Flynn after Flynn rejected an earlier demand for the documents, saying he would plead the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.