Comey to testify publicly in Senate

22 Mai, 2017, 00:05 | Author: Marc Bacque
  • Comey to testify publicly in Senate

President Donald Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, had relieved "great pressure" on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

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. The New York Times reported a couple days after the firing that Trump demanded Comey pledge his loyalty during a private dinner in January, an account that Trump has partially denied, with the irresistible addendum that were he to have done that it wouldn't have been unethical.

Graham said he was "surprised" Comey would agree to testify at all, "given the fact that we now have a Special Counsel who will likely be investigating matters related" to his conversations with Trump.

The Russians later posted photos of a beaming Trump shaking hands with Lavrov and Kislyak, which the White House had reportedly been assured would not be done.

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation", the White House memo quotes Trump as saying.

"As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", said spokesman Sean Spicer.

Comey's dad, a lifelong Republican, said his longheld opposition to Trump recently intensified following revelations the President had called his son a "nutjob".

"I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election".

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White House officials initially claimed that Trump fired Comey on the advice of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and released a memo by the official voicing concerns about the FBI director's behavior, including his handling of an investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The White House, however, denied such allegations.

He told members of Congress this week that he knew Trump was going to fire Comey before he wrote his memo.

Last week, the president warned Comey against leaking information to the media.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation", he said.

But the president undercut that argument a day later, telling NBC News, "When I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". But lawmakers at both congressional sessions expressed frustration that Rosenstein would say little in answer to their questions about his actions — or others — before Comeys firing.

The FBI's investigation seeks to determine whether and to what extent Trump associates were in contact with Kremlin operatives, what business dealings they might have had in Russian Federation, and whether they in any way facilitated the hacking and publishing of e-mails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, during the presidential campaign.

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