Donald Trump told Michael Flynn to "stay strong" amid growing scandal

19 Mai, 2017, 15:40 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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The request was made by Trump after Flynn resigned as the national security advisor following surfacing of reports that he had maintained links with the Russians. Burr of North Carolina.

Flynn is reported to have told friends at a northern Virginia restaurant on April 25 that Trump sent him a message telling him to "stay strong", according to a report by Yahoo News on Thursday.

However, a reporter for Huffington Post said later that Burr may have spoken too soon and that the committee did not have a "definitive answer" on the matter from Flynn's lawyers.

Flynn was ousted in mid-February after less than a month in his senior administration post. "I think it divides the country, I think we have a very divided country because of that many other things".

Trump said later, however, that he had been thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey, whom he called a "showboat" and a "grandstander" in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt last Thursday.

Today marked the first time since the appointment of a special counsel that Trump publicly addressed Comey's firing and the subsequent news of a memo written by the ex-FBI director.

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To hear Trump tell it, he wasn't anxious. One of the attendees, speaking on condition of anonymity, described Rosenstein as anxious and nervous and said he drank multiple glasses of water "and spilled one".

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said after an all-senators briefing from Rosenstein that the deputy attorney general already knew Comey would be fired before he wrote a memo that the Trump administration initially used as justification for ousting the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

Trump fired Comey one week ago, in what the White House initially said was based on the recommendations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Last week in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, he claimed he had been planning to fire Comey and called him a "grandstander".

Besieged by controversy at home, U.S. President Donald Trump is under pressure to stick to the script and avoid fresh flare-ups when he embarks this week on his first foreign trip, a nine-day trek to the Middle East and Europe. He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so. It cited two people briefed on the call.

Asked about possible obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel would "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point".

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