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Vladimir Putin rushes to Donald Trump's aid

Vladimir Putin rushes to Donald Trump's aid

Pressure on the White House intensified after Trump fired Comey, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter, and allegations that Trump had asked Comey to end the FBI investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

Later, the president claimed he had fired Mr Comey after deciding that the FBI investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation was baseless.

"When this all started, the thing we heard from the Hill was 'transformative tax reform, '" said a strategist who consults with major companies focused on tax reform.

Speaking at a press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the White House's East Room, Trump said "no, no, next question" when asked directly whether or not he asked Comey to end the FBI's investigation. The conversation took place after the FBI launched its investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump and his advisers.

In a letter to acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, the Senate Oversight Committee demanded that all memos and other documents or recordings relating to communications between Trump and Comey be turned over by May 24. White House officials, primarily chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy aide John Ehrlichman and counsel John Dean, wanted to limit the exposure of the White House to the burglary. But Ross argues it also applies to a president with an "incapacity to really govern" of the sort demonstrated by Trump.

"Comey said that as he was walking across the room he was determined that there wasn't going to be a hug", Wittes said.




"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", Trump said.

The chances of Donald Trump being impeached are very slim, according to analyst at Japanese investment bank Nomura.

Mueller, in a statement tweeted by CBS News, said: "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability".

"Earlier in his speech, Mr Green had denied suggestions he was calling for President Trump's impeachment "for political purposes", saying he simply "[believes] in the great ideals that this country stands for". But the reports - both rebutted by Trump's team - add to a mounting perception of an administration in a perpetual state of chaos.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday requested that the FBI turn over memos written by fired FBI Director James Comey relating to conversations he had with President Trump, as well as any memos pertaining to former President Obama. "And everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion", he said. "You can't let them get you down, can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

Citing unnamed sources, the Washington Post had reported that Mr Trump had shared intelligence with Mr Lavrov regarding an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes. "Russia is fine, but whether it's Russian Federation or anybody else, my total priority, believe me, is the United States of America". However, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters after the briefing that "everything he (Rosenstein) said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation".


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