U.S.

Comey agrees to testify before Senate intelligence committee

Comey agrees to testify before Senate intelligence committee

U.S. President Donald Trump was hit on Friday by embarrassing leaks that a senior adviser was a "person of interest" in a probe of possible collusion with Russia during last year's election campaign and that Trump had boasted to Russian officials of firing the man heading the investigation.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation engaged in computer hacking and propaganda meant to tip the election toward Trump.

The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the matter, did not identify the senior Trump adviser except to say that the person of interest was close to Trump, a Republican who entered the White House four months ago.

The two stories come after a week of damning revelations about the Trump White House, which is now engulfed in scandal and facing a special prosecutor.

On Thursday, Trump declared himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history and denied allegations of collusion.

Also on Friday, Comey agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day.

The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president this week, including that he may have obstructed justice by asking Comey to drop an investigation into one of his top advisors.

Mueller's former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Kushner - who has been in the spotlight over the president's decision to fire James Comey from the FBI and for meeting with Russian officials - and Manafort, who is now under federal investigation.




White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the president's rhetoric part of his deal-making.

The mainstream media have jumped on the as-yet-anonymous reports as additional fuel for their assertions that Trump ousted Comey for investigating his ties with Russian Federation. Several congressional Republicans said Wednesday that if Trump did suggest that Comey "let this go" regarding Flynn's Russian contacts, it was probably just a joke, light banter. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said.

Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting.

But Senate Judiciary Committee leaders - who also wanted Comey to testify before their panel in the wake of his dismissal - criticized the former director's decision to appear only before the Intelligence Committee. "Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations".

Earlier this week, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the federal investigation in an effort to re-establish independence from the White House.

Burr says the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the US intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election. But he added, "I wrote it". Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". "I believe it. I stand by it".

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. Officials said it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation.


  • Iran: Voting Hours Extended for the Third Time

    President Hassan Rouhani is widely seen as the front-runner after his moderate administration struck the atomic accord. According to ABC news Rouhani faced staunch challenge from Raisi over his outreach to the West in the nuclear deal.
    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.
    China reports progress on South China Sea code of conduct

    China reports progress on South China Sea code of conduct

    Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santa Romana will lead the Philippine delegation while China's side will be headed by Vice Foreign Minister Liu.
  • EC demonstrates successful functioning of EVMs, VVPATs

    EC demonstrates successful functioning of EVMs, VVPATs

    Today's live demo comes amid allegations raised by the Opposition that the EC's EVMs are vulnerable to hacking and tampering. The machine prints out a paper slip that displays information about which party/candidate a vote was for.

    Celtics oust Wizards in Game 7, advance to Eastern Conference finals

    Si Woo Kim of South Korea became the youngest victor of The Players Championship with a game and nerves well beyond his 21 years. The beginning of the end of the Wizards' season came with 1:46 to play in the third and Washington leading, 79-76.
    Trump calls appointment of special counsel a 'witch hunt'

    Trump calls appointment of special counsel a 'witch hunt'

    If Mueller wraps up the probe relatively quickly and finds no damning evidence, that would also be a boon for the White House. Bush's administration leaked the name of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame to reporters.
  • 'Hero's welcome' for missile developers in North Korea

    'Hero's welcome' for missile developers in North Korea

    It is known to the entire world that the North Korea and the United States are not sharing a good bonding these days. The missile's re-entry was controlled and the vehicle successfully re-entered the atmosphere without burning up.
    Zabaleta mulls options after farewell game for Manchester City

    Zabaleta mulls options after farewell game for Manchester City

    On City's performance this season he added: "We didn't fight until the end because two teams were better". "I don't think there's any place for it (diving) in the game ", Pulis said.
    Ransomware attack a 'wakeup call' for governments

    Ransomware attack a 'wakeup call' for governments

    Friday's global cyber attack targeted Microsoft operating systems on computers across 100 countries. Microsoft released a security patch for the vulnerabilities in March.
  • Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

    Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

    Mr Sharif is among the 54 leaders who would join US President Donald Trump for the summit being held on Sunday. Saturday night, he'll attend a royal banquet at Murabba Palace followed by a tour of the National Museum.
    Iran election: Hassan Rouhani on course for second term

    Iran election: Hassan Rouhani on course for second term

    He is subordinate to the supreme leader, who is chosen by a clerical panel and has the ultimate say over all matters of state. Joyful voters cast their ballots for the presidential election at a polling station in Tehran, Iran , Friday, May 19, 2017 .

    President Trump and Saudi King Salman meet in Riyadh

    U.S. president Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism. The package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications and cybersecurity technology.