Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Trump denies urging former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to drop Flynn inquiry

He was sacked as national security adviser in February after it emerged he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations with the Russian ambassador to Washington in December.

"If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorised to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters", the order says. "Not with me, not with representatives of Russia's special services". "We need a law enforcement professional, not someone who's run for office before", she said. The West Wing was leaking like a sieve and Trump was powerless to stop it.

Rosenstein was at the Capitol on Thursday afternoon to brief the entire Senate in a closed session about the status of the Russian Federation investigation and about his role in the president's abrupt dismissal of Comey as FBI chief last week.

President Donald Trump emphatically denied asking former FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Thursday afternoon. Comey reportedly described a couple of encounters with Trump that had concerned him. "I hope you can let this go".

While Trump questioned the legitimacy of the investigation, it has thrown the administration off track and consumed its political capital.

The Times pointedly noted in its story that "An F.B.I. agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations".

Comey walked up to Trump and preemptively reached out for a handshake to avoid a hug, Wittes said.

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Trump is reported to have called Comey to ask when the FBI would state that Trump wasn't personally under investigation, prompting Comey to ask Trump to not speak directly with him on the subject but send his inquiry through the proper channels. Some of these Republicans have been quick to criticize the president, while not being almost so harsh on Mr. Comey for failing to disclose his notes to the Justice Department, which would be required by the law if he felt the president was trying to obstruct justice.

Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey.

The Times doesn't mince words about what's at stake here.

Trump last week fired Comey, who was overseeing the FBI investigation into whether anyone associated with Trump's campaign cooperated with Russian intelligence officials in their effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

There are at present five investigative committees in Congress that are digging into every aspect of this "Russia thing", preparing to hold public and closed door hearings, and issue subpoenas.

Mr Trump said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly". "I have my subpoena pen ready".

Comey's dismissal last week set off a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

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