Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Comey set to testify publicly about why Trump fired him

The latest crisis to beset Trump comes days after an another revelation by the daily which claimed that the president has asked sacked FBI director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Federation.

A very important question just got even more massively important now that the FBI's investigation has found its way into the White House. When pressed on the issue, Rosenstein said that was not true.

"Jarrett writes at Fox News: "[Mueller] and James Comey are good friends and former colleagues who worked hand-in-hand for years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump has called the furore since he fired Comey a "witch hunt" and insisted there was no contact between his campaign and Russian Federation. But Rosenstein, who has only recently been confirmed to be the Justice Department's second-highest ranking official, left no doubt that it was voluntary.

"I came out of there knowing that I trust this deputy attorney general, that I trust this special counsel and while he didn't answer many questions, he had a clear reason for not answering", Cleaver said. "I believe it. I stand by it".

But Rosenstein also threatened to resign if Trump's White House kept using his memo - which never explicitly advocated for firing Comey - as the linchpin for doing Comey in. Several congressional committees are also investigating, though their probes could not produce criminal charges.

Washington, May 20 US President Donald Trump told Russian officials at an Oval Office meeting last week that firing FBI Director James Comey eased pressure on him as he was a "real nut job" and "crazy", a media report claimed today.

Trump had ignited political firestorm the previous week when he fired Comey, who was running the investigation. "He was insane, a real nut job". The Post also reported that while the initial investigation was into coordination between Trump officials and Russian Federation, sources said it has expanded to include potential financial crimes committed by those close to Trump. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the accuracy of that account.

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But Comey did not completely agree with his friend, Ben Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the editor in chief of the Lawfare blog. I have some concerns.

But Senate Judiciary Committee leaders - who also wanted Comey to testify before their panel in the wake of his dismissal - criticized the former director's decision to appear only before the Intelligence Committee.

A special counsel has been appointed to spearhead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether any associates of Trump colluded with Russian officials during the campaign. There was an additional sensitivity here too, because many Democrats blamed Comey for Trump's election, so he didn't want any shows of closeness between the two that might reinforce a perception that he had put a thumb on the scale in Trump's favor.

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., recalled the "dissonant moment" when Rosenstein refused to say "who had asked him, if anyone had asked him, to write his memorandum".

Those familiar with the case said its significance had increased before Mueller's appointment.

But the special counsel's investigation arguably takes priority over all that.

Wittes writes: The meeting was almost over, he said, and he really thought he was going to get away without an individual interaction.

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