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Comey agrees to testify before Senate Intel Committee

Comey agrees to testify before Senate Intel Committee

Comey was leading the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and possible ties to Trump's campaign.

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session at the Senate Intel Committee Sen. But he made clear it was not his intention for Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Comey, which is what they have done.

Since Comey was abruptly fired by Donald Trump, reports have surfaced suggesting a tense relationship between the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the president.

Trump was using a negotiating tactic when he told Russian officials about the "great pressure" he was under, another U.S. official defended the president to the Times, suggesting that Trump's objective was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions on certain issues. The newspaper also reported that the president had expressed his wishes that Comey could let go of the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times.

A senior White House adviser is a significant person of interest in the law enforcement investigation of possible ties between Donald Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation, the Washington Post said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Trump on Thursday lashed out at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election, tweeting that it was "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"




The AFP reported that the Russian president has a recording of an exchange between Trump and the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov that he was "ready to provide" if necessary. Trump has denied that ever happened.

The investigation is examining the extent of contact between the Trump campaign and Russian state officials, business connections to Russia and whether there is any connection to the hacking of emails between Hilary Clinton's campaign and senior Democrats.

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.

Asked about the Times report, Spicer said of the former FBI chief, "by grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

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".

On Thursday, as Senate lawmakers emerged from a private briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, one alluded to the investigation taking a new turn. Officials said it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation.


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