Russian Federation investigation 'now includes Paul Manafort and may expand to Jeff Sessions'

Top Democrats from the House Judiciary Committee warned the White House that if President Donald Trump blocks former FBI Director James Comey from testifying in a hearing, they would consider it an effort to "obstruct the truth from both Congress and the American people".

In April, Nunes recused himself from leading the panel's investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election following a secret visit he paid to White House officials, but retains subpoena power.

Kellyanne Conway raised the prospect that the White House may try to invoke executive privilege over Comey's conversations with Trump.

"That committee hearing was just noticed - it's gotta be reviewed", Spicer said.

Comey is set to testify on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in open session and in private.

"I have not spoken to counsel yet".

Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted to the US intelligence community's determination that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 USA election, s... Comey reportedly kept detailed, contemporaneous memos of his conversations with Trump, which included requests that the FBI director swear loyalty to him and a personal plea to quash the Flynn investigation.

Comey is likely to testify about the FBI's investigation into possible connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and whether Trump tried to interfere with the probe.

Spicer said on Tuesday that Trump planned to meet that afternoon with John Pistole, a former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and head of the Transportation Security Administration, and Chris Wray, former head of the Justice Department's criminal division.

Then, asked directly if Trump would use his presidential authority to block Comey's testimony, Conway hedged: "The President will make that decision". However, the report suggests he was removed from the office for investigating Trump and his aide Michael Flynn for allegedly seeking the intervention of Russian Federation ahead of elections.

And on May 12, Trump tweeted: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Early last month, President Donald Trump fired Comey during an FBI investigation into whether the Trump presidential campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 USA election.

Courts have recognized a president's constitutional right to keep his discussions a secret in most instances.

A Senate Democratic source with knowledge of the intelligence committee's actions cited the fact Comey no longer works for the federal government as a reason executive privilege wouldn't apply in this case.

Trump has continued to dismiss the whole Russian Federation investigation, labeling it a "Witch Hunt" in a tweet Wednesday and saying Democrats are still upset about losing the election. Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont publicly released several letters they had sent the FBI requesting an investigation into whether Sessions had further undisclosed contacts with the Russian government.

  • Carolyn Briggs