Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Multiple Congressional Committees Want Comey's FBI Memos And Testimony

The oversight committee chosen by House Speaker Paul Ryan to investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed an FBI probe has been the most publicly aggressive group involved in the cautious, GOP-led investigations.

"No. No. Next question", he said.

House Democrats who have been pressing for a special counsel to examine possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are welcoming word from the Justice Department that former FBI director Robert Mueller will lead the investigation.

When the White House announced that Comey had been let go from his position at the FBI, Trump's surrogates cited a recommendation from deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions as motivation for the move.

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president. Republicans on Capitol Hill hoped the same, reasoning that the appointment of a special counsel could free them to work on a major tax overhaul and other matters without constant distractions. Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner.

Did he in fact collude with Russian Federation in his campaign to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton?

However another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can only speak for myself - and the Russians".

"It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president", he said at the Wednesday press conference.

"He didn't think there wouldn't be any charges brought - a statement that I think was regarded in some quarters as the king's wish", Mukasey said.

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Trump, whose administration has been dogged by allegations that Russia helped him win the White House and that he and his allies are too cosy with Moscow, has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians after media reports of the meeting alarmed some United States and foreign politicians. Trump tells The Associated Press by telephone after the meeting that he "learned a lot" but declines to say whether he accepted their conclusion about Russian Federation. Where is the actual crime that they think they need a special prosecutor to prosecute, Chaffetz told Fox News.

This omits the fact that Trump himself admitted he fired Comey in part because of the Russian Federation investigation.

But Mr Trump said the issue was dividing an already polarised nation.

"Any time you have a situation where a president tries to influence an investigation or decisions by the Department of Justice, that causes concerns and sets off alarms", said Graves, who represents Baton Rouge, during a phone interview from Washington, D.C. He likened the concern to the same type of worry he had when former President Bill Clinton met with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch nearly a year ago on an airport tarmac while the Justice Department was investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

May 11, 2017: Trump, in an NBC interview, says he had been intending to fire Comey - whom he derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander" - for months.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.

Trump's Twitter comments stood in contrast to his measured statement on Wednesday night after former FBI chief Robert Mueller was named as special counsel, in which he said "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity". But Louisiana's lone Democrat in Congress, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, disagreed and said an independent commission needs to be called in.

The Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have also requested similar records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he was supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings.

In 2011, he was asked by Democratic President Barack Obama to stay on for two more years.

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