WASHINGTON-Ousted FBI Director James Comey has declined an invitation to appear in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee next week as part of the panel's attempt to probe the circumstances of his abrupt firing Tuesday by President Donald Trump.
The move prompted an uproar among Democrats and some Republicans because Comey's agency is leading an investigation into whether there were connections between Russian interference in last year's presidential election and people associated with Trump's campaign. "The President should immediately provide any such recordings to Congress or admit, once again, to have made a deliberately misleading-and in this case threatening-statement".
"In fact when I chose 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, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", the Republican president told NBC.
Schiff went on to criticize Trump's tweeted threats to stop holding press briefings altogether because, the President said, his staff can't always be expected to communicate information with "perfect accuracy".
"If he did not want to willingly undertake even the minimal requirements of the Presidency, it would have been far better for him to have considered that before he chose to run for the highest office in the land", he continued.
But according to Comey's associates, Trump requested the dinner, and pressed him to pledge his loyalty.
The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the top Justice Department officials: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein.
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The New York Times reported on Friday that Comey had resisted a request from Trump that he pledge loyalty to the president.
It's unclear why Comey turned down the offer to speak to the committee next week. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said while flying to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he was giving the commencement address at Liberty University.
It's not clear yet whether Trump has any recordings of the conversation that took place.
"He's doing a good job, but he gets beat up", said Trump.
"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" added Trump on Twitter. Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe sidestepped a question during a Senate hearing on Thursday on whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump that the president was not the subject of investigation.
The White House disputed the account. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.
The president said he never pressured Comey into dropping the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, and added that there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians".
Japan said the missile flew for 30 minutes before dropping into the sea between North Korea's east coast and Japan. A previous test at the same site in February sent a missile 500 kilometres, far less than Sunday's launch.
Long had posted a Facebook warning to the community that "a violent man" was loose after Hartless was released only weeks later. She, nurse Marlina Medrano, 46, and Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, 36, were killed in the Friday attack.
The Celtics had plenty of chances to win the game, but weren't able to completely shut the door on Washington's season. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, and would have the been the hero of the game if not for Wall.
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Klopp admitted that the pressure to keep winning towards the end of the season is massive. "It was an important game for us". That's a positive thing, if we are comparing the game against Spurs. "I don't think we will be (nervous)", said Klopp.
Pyongyang's ballistic missile flew around 700 kilometers, South Korea's military said, according to Yonhap. The estimated range of the North's Musudan missile is about 3,000 kilometers (1,865 miles), Wright said.
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Macron sworn in as French President
It was Mr Hollande who launched the new president's political career, appointing him first as advisor and later economy minister. Macron signed the minutes of investiture and received the insignia of the Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in defiance
China remains one of North Korea's only allies and is responsible for much of the heavily-sanctioned nation's economy. Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.
N. Korea missile launch due to 'state of paranoia'
Sunday's launch is the first in two weeks since the last attempt to fire a missile ended in a failure just minutes into flight. Guam is home to Andersen Air Force Base, through which the US Air Force rotates heavy bombers including B-1s, B-2s and B-52s.
McIlroy hopeful ahead of scan on back
The accurate Stanley shot a stress-free 72 to join Holmes at nine-under 207 with one round left in the PGA Tour's flagship event. He's in contention again this week after shooting a 67 on Saturday that moved him within four shots of the lead.
Ryan nets overtime victor as Sens stun Pens in opener
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McGirt, Hughes lead Players after Scott stumbles
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