Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Fired FBI Director Comey To Testify Publicly About Trump, Russia Probe

The memo is said to have been written by Mr Comey the day after Mr Flynn resigned.

"I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President".

In a press release in response to the Times story, the White House disputed not the facts of the report, but the interpretation, saying Trump was talking not about the FBI's criminal investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, but about post-election scrutiny that was making it hard for him to work with Russian Federation.

The White House has grappled with news that Trump allegedly revealed highly classified information about an Islamic State threat to the Russians in the same meeting he allegedly made the Comey remarks, and that he reportedly pressured Comey to ease off the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Rather, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the Times the pressure Trump was referring to was on his administration's "ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

Comey will testify in open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee at some point after the Memorial Day holiday, May 29, though a date has not yet been set. Stay tuned on this. But ultimately, Mueller is answerable to the Justice Department. Ryan said of the special counsel appointment of Robert Mueller was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead".

Except Rosenstein's reputation may have taken a hit in all this.

At least two Democratic senators said Rosenstein told them this week that he knew Trump was going to fire Comey when he wrote a hasty memo outlining what he sees as Comey's faults. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.

"I am not aware of any such request", Rosenstein said.

Capitol Hill hasn't come to any consensus about whether to give Rosenstein the benefit of the doubt.

She said subjects of the investigation could later argue that its results cannot be trusted, but she believes the argument would not stand up in court.

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The investigations into the attack were in the early stages, however, and attribution for cyberattacks is notoriously hard . After a massive cyber-attack on Friday night, some security experts have warned that another make take place on Monday.

"We're a nation of laws", was all Sen.

On Thursday, Mr Trump declared himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history and denied allegations of collusion.

He then told the pair, "I'm not under investigation".

The Washington Post story reported that the probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation had identified a senior White House adviser who is close to the president as a "significant person of interest".

Burr said on Friday the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director would testify in an open setting before the committee which wanted to know from Comey about his role in the assessment Russian Federation interfered in last year's election and his response to questions that have arisen since his dismissal.

Several lawmakers have expressed concerns that the new special counsel investigation may impede the congressional investigations.

Legal experts said the ethics rule can be waived by the Justice Department, which appointed Mueller.

“There was considerable frustration in the room, ” said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee.

"I am convinced that the Congress has a very significant role", Cummings told reporters Friday.

Congress just has yet to define it.

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