Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump hit by twin Russian Federation bombshells as he departs for foreign trip

Trump hit by twin Russian Federation bombshells as he departs for foreign trip

He says he hopes Comey's testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by Trump.

Former FBI director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee at a date to be set after Memorial Day, committee leaders announced Friday night.

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in response to the reports "every day the president gives us more reason to believe that he does not respect the office that he holds".

The Times reported Trump noted the Russia investigation as he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak of his decision to fire Comey.

Former FBI director James Comey told associates Trump asked him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous". After Comey's firing, Trump himself has interviewed several potential nominees.

As previously reported on The Root, President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered a statement that did not dispute Trump's quotes and instead presented them as the president talking frankly about the "pressure" Comey had put on Trump's diplomatic responsibilities.

Arsenal must not underestimate Europa League, says Cech
Chelsea's £38 million for finishing top will be part of around £150 million in Premier League payments this season. If Liverpool loses by two and Arsenal draw to our Merseyside counterparts a 39th game would have to be played.

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Mr Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia - the first stop on his first foreign trip as President.

The CNN legal analyst has used those words in discussing the possibility that President Donald Trump committed the act by firing FBI Director James Comey to impede the Russian Federation investigation.

"He said, 'That is Bob Mueller's purview, ' and that was puzzling to a lot of us", said Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

"It was not just an isolated mistake; the series of public statements about the email investigation, in my opinion, departed from the proper role of the FBI director and damaged public confidence in the Bureau and the Department", Rosenstein said.

Comey has been at the center of a series of damaging leaks from the White House since he was sacked on May 9, including reports that Trump asked him to drop an investigation of Russia's ties with former White House aide Michael Flynn during Trump's first weeks in office.

Rosenstein is at the center of Washington's most independent investigation into Russian Federation and Trump ties.

Now that we know the FBI is targeting a senior White House adviser, Republicans will have to decide whether to keep balancing this tightrope or whether to fully support the independent investigations going on into ties between Russian Federation and the president. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen.

The White House has struggled to explain the chain of events that led to Mr Comey's firing and exactly who made the decision.

According to anonymous sources close to the White House, the administration has begun reviewing an obscure ethics rule in the Code of Federal Regulations, which could prevent Robert Mueller, the newly appointed special counsel, from investigating anyone who was a client of his law firm - which includes President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Like this: