Trump wishes Comey luck, allies aim at lawman's credibility

The president asserted that Comey told him three times that he was not personally under investigation, while the former director's associates allege Trump asked Comey to shut down the investigation into Flynn, who was sacked as national security adviser because he misled the White House about his ties to Russian Federation.

On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies.

The ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director will appear Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee for a hearing sure to be replete with political drama and intrigue.

Her attorney says she's being used as a scapegoat, and investigators should focus on the information those documents revealed instead of the leak.

This is the letter President Trump sent to FBI Director James Comey regarding his dismissal on May 9, 2017.

In that testimony, according to the person familiar with Comey's preparations, the former director also intends to refute Trump's previous assertions that Comey assured him three times that the president was not a subject of the FBI's wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, who sought to influence the election by hacking Democratic political organizations.

Comey, who was running the FBI's probe into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, sought to enlist the attorney general's help in shielding the agency from such contacts, said the person who is not authorized to comment publicly. Brian P. Hale, a spokesman for Coates's office, offered a simple non-denial: "Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President". Some of the commentary in it - including the title - echoes public statements by Trump and other administration officials.

Officials say Trump's advisers have since revived their proposal to appoint Feinberg to a senior position, possibly to review the roles of the DNI and other intelligence agencies.

In an appearance last month before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats refused to provide details about his interactions with Trump.

The White House had suggested Trump could invoke executive privilege to protect the confidentiality of presidential discussions, but some aides were wary that may appear like a cover-up.

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Coats also said that if he is called before an investigative committee, such as the Senate Intelligence Committee, "I certainly will provide them with what I know and what I don't know".

  • Leroy Wright