Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Senior White House Adviser Is 'Person of Interest' in FBI Russia Probe


Mr Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, and called the investigation into his campaign the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said Comey "deserves an opportunity to tell his story".

James Comey, the former FBI director whose firing by U.S. President Donald Trump last week triggered an uproar, will testify about his experiences with Trump and the FBI's investigation into Russia-Trump ties, lawmakers said on May 19.

It is the first indication that the investigation is looking at a current senior White House adviser.

Mueller's former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who met with a Russian bank executive in December, and the president's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is a subject of a federal investigation. But after news broke this week that Comey had put to paper that the president asked him to drop an FBI investigation of Michael Flynn, it's a question Congress is trying to answer.

This is not the first time Trump's White House has offered an explanation for an event that was later directly contradicted.

The billionaire property mogul added: "I'm not under investigation".

In the briefing, Rosenstein acknowledged that he knew Trump was going to fire Comey before he wrote the memo, saying Trump approached him the day before to seek his "advice and input". Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed - as recently as Thursday - to the "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein.

Spicer offered a new explanation for that firing, saying that Trump had been trying to improve relations with Russian Federation - and Comey got in the way.

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The day after firing Comey, Trump hosted Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, in the Oval Office, along with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak.

Late Friday, came confirmation that Comey will also soon get to tell his side of the story: Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee announced Comey will testify in a public sessions at a hearing after Memorial Day.

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The White House did not deny the conversation took place, but said that the investigation into Russia's campaign influence operation had impeded the administration's ability to negotiate with Moscow on other matters. "That's taken off", after firing Comey, Toobin believes a statement like that might just be an admission of guilt.

The White House repeated its assertion that a "thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity". The meeting ignited controversy this week when it was revealed that Trump had disclosed intelligence from an Israeli counterterrorism operation.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not dispute the Times's account.

"I think it's a mistake to nominate anyone who's running for office", said Sen.

Rosenstein also said he was not aware that Comey had requested more resources for the Russian Federation probe before he was sacked, as some reports have alleged.

The new line of inquiry reportedly began after revelations that Trump allegedly attempted to persuade former FBI Director James Comey into ending an investigation into Flynn, according to a Comey memo detailing a conversation he had with the president.

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