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Trump embarks on trip without naming Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 07:04

In a late-breaking story from the New York Times on Thursday night, reporter Michael Schmidt noted how James Comey was repeatedly approached by Donald Trump and his associates, in an apparent bid to develop a congenial relationship between the president and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. The White House has said the firing was unrelated to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. "Comey understood Trump's people as having neither knowledge of nor respect for the independence of the law enforcement function".

Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin echoed McCaskill, saying Rosenstein told lawmakers that he knew of Trump's intent the day before he wrote a document that the White House initially said was the main reason Comey was dismissed.

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".

"Those answers really need to be given to the American people in public under oath", Blumenthal said. Committees in both houses of Congress have invited Comey to testify publicly. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said the next day, according to a document summarizing the meeting shared with the Times by a USA government official.

"Trump fired Jim Comey because the most risky thing in the world, if you're Donald Trump, is a person who tells the truth, is dogged, you can't control, and who is as committed as Comey is to the institutional independence of an organization that has the power to investigate you", Wittes told the NewsHour's William Brangham. The durability and ingenuity of the balance of power among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government set up in the U.S. Constitution more than 200 years ago - reinforced by decades of accumulated tradition in crucial government agencies - has led to President Trump's excesses being stopped or tempered time and again.

Unlike Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel appointed by a three-judge panel to investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton's real estate holdings in the 1990s, Mueller depends on the Justice Department for funding and he reports to Rosenstein, who was appointed by Trump.

Man who ran over pedestrians in New York was 'hearing voices'
In previous arrests, he told authorities he believed he was being harassed and followed, one of the police officials said. The vehicle came to rest with its two right wheels in the air as Rojas got out of the auto and attempted to run away.

"That's why the Deputy Attorney General went out and wrote his very, very strong letter", Trump said while referring to Comey's testimony before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday.

Rosenstein had the responsibility of deciding to appoint a special counsel because Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former surrogate for the Trump campaign, has recused himself from decisions on the issue.

"There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee. Trump also met with former Oklahoma Gov. Those memos depict a tense relationship between Comey and the White House. "I believe it. I stand by it". Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

Mr Comey's firing was one in a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

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".

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