Monday, 29 May, 2017

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him

Senate Russia investigators invite Comey to testify, seek documents Intelligence committee wants Comey to appear
Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 05:47

The surprise announcement, the latest in the shock-a-day Washington saga, marked a concession by the Trump administration, which had resisted calls from Democrats to turn the investigation over to an outside prosecutor. Comey associates said the president was referring to an ongoing investigation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who resigned a day before the conversation. McCabe became acting director after Trump fired James Comey as director last week.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller testified, in June 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The President corrected his spelling error in a later Twitter post.

To lawyer Luskin, the talk of criminal charges misses the point.

In the remarks, Rosenstein said he learned a day before Comey's firing that Trump wanted to dismiss him.

Some congressional Republicans have also suggested that Mueller's appointment would lead to changes in Congress' investigation. Justice Department officials warn Comey against sending the letter, saying that doing so would be inconsistent with department policy meant to avoid the appearance of prosecutorial interference or meddling in elections.

Trump strongly disagreed. The appointment, he said in a briefing with news anchors, "hurts our country terribly".

November 6, 2016: Comey tells Congress in a follow-up letter that a review of newly discovered Clinton emails has "not changed our conclusions" that she should not face criminal charges.

Anthony Weiner to face criminal charges in teen sexting case
It reported that the messages, which began when the girl was a sophomore in high school, indicated Weiner knew she was a minor. The charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years, but Weiner could escape prison time if a judge rules in his favor.

November 8, 2016: Trump is elected president. He was so valued that President Barack Obama asked him to stay on two years longer than his 10-year term. It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

Trump and Lieberman discussed the position at the White House on Wednesday.

If Comey does not testify in public anytime soon, then Mueller's appointment is automatically a net win for Trump, regardless of what the eventual outcome here is.

The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and who exactly made the decision.

February 14, 2017: Comey speaks with Trump in the Oval Office a day after Flynn is ousted.

The memo focused on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". A senior administration official described Trump's reaction to Mueller's appointment as "measured". Comey had previously refused to acknowledge the parallel Trump investigation, and his disclosure enrages Democrats who already blamed Comey for costing Clinton the presidency. Still, he is not subject to the day-to-day supervision of the Justice Department. "We have to ask ourselves what is the right thing to do and then do it". "We still have to know more. about how Russian Federation corrupted our democracy", he said. "It is essential that we find new leadership for the Federal Bureau of Investigation that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission", Trump states in a letter addressed to Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress Friday he stands by a memo he wrote bluntly criticizing Comey.

May 11, 2017: Trump, in an NBC interview, says he had been intending to fire Comey - whom he derided as a "showboat" and "grandstander" - for months. He denies it had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, but also says: "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". A Washington Post report, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser is now considered a "person of interest" in the law enforcement investigation into whether Trump's campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election. He offered to furnish a "record" of the Trump-diplomats meeting in the Oval Office if the White House desired it. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, vows to get copies of any memos Comey wrote about meetings with Trump, tweeting: "I have my subpoena pen ready". Other advisers joined the discussion, with a goal of presenting the President with a plan for outside legal counsel as the Russian Federation investigation enters a new and potentially perilous phase for the White House.

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