Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Trump says he's victim of 'greatest witch hunt' in political history


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew President Donald Trump was going to fire FBI Director James Comey before he wrote a memo justifying the ouster of the law enforcement chief, Democratic senators said Thursday. Mark Warner of Virginia, who head the Intelligence Committee, had previously invited Comey to speak in a closed session as part of the committee's own investigation into Russia's interference.

According to a New York Times report that cited two people briefed on a call between Comey and Trump, Comey had explained to Trump how the White House ought to communicate with the FBI after Trump had contacted Comey directly to ask when the bureau would announce that he was not under investigation.

The New York Times reported details of a conversation that took place in the Oval Office in the White House on Wednesday (10 May), the day after he had fired Comey. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to an official summary of the meeting that a United States official read to The Times.

President Donald Trump declared himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history Thursday, May 18, lashing out after a probe into his campaign ties with Russian Federation was significantly strengthened, AFP reports.

At the same meeting, The Washington Post reported earlier this week, Trump had given the Russians "highly classified information" that "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence" on ISIS that came from a key ally, which, according to later reports, was Israel.

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The CBO score will also include an estimate of whether the number of Americans with health insurance would change and by how much. The state House was debating a bill Wednesday that would phase in a $280 million increase in education funding over two years.

Mr Comey, who was sacked from his position by US President Donald Trump earlier this month, is expected to answer questions about encounters and meetings leading up to his termination.

The billionaire property mogul added: "I'm not under investigation". The White House did not deny the claim.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the Times in a statement that Comey had put unnecessary pressure on Trump's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation.

The revelations follow news Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller to head a probe into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in last year's presidential elections and any ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

However, he made clear he did not intend for Mr Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Mr Comey, which is what they have done. And it spun Trump's words as a "request", when Trump had, in fact, merely said: "I hope you can let this go". But the decision surprised many since it was Comey himself leading the investigation of Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

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