Published: Пт, Мая 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Comey Hid Among White House Curtains to Avoid Trump


There was also the now-infamous dinner in which Trump asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, which the FBI Director refused to do.

Comey has since been invited to testify before two Senate committees, and has been asked to turn over his notes of his conversation with the president.

President Trump in the joint press conference emphasized that Colombia is a key partner in the war against drugs. In February, a day after ousting Flynn, reportedly for misleading the vice president about previous contacts with the Russian ambassador, Trump asked Comey to go easy on Flynn, according to news reports citing a Comey memo on the meeting.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who was first elected at the same time as Al Green in 2004, said, "He's very calm and thoughtful and thought 'enough is enough.' I still want an independent commission".

But said he respects the decision Wednesday (May 17) by his Justice Department to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel for a probe that has enveloped the White House in a political storm.

The impeachment call was echoed by other members of the Congressional Black Caucus and liberal activists, even as party leaders have preferred calling for an independent commission to investigate Trump and the Trump campaign's Russian Federation connections.

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As the White House received the news Wednesday evening that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had chosen a special counsel, they issued a statement attributed to the president.

"We need a great director of the FBI", Trump said. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Rosenstein would be questioned about a letter he wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters after being briefed by Rosenstein.

The Russia matter has consumed Washington and overshadowed Republican legislative priorities including a planned healthcare overhaul and sweeping tax cuts, something the party had hoped to make rapid progress on given its control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether the latter's election campaign had links with Russian Federation during the United States presidential polls previous year.

And Hensarling said, "I disagree with partisan suggestions that we should somehow skip the investigation and just move on to punitive measures".

The press conference will also be one of Trump's last opportunities to speak on the record to the American media before his first trip overseas as president.

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