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Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee

Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee

Emphasizing that he wants to clear the air, Trump stated, "I want to get to the bottom if Russian Federation or anybody is trying to tamper or play with our election". Lindsey Graham, that the special counsel would diminish Congress' investigations, though the leaders of those probes have insisted they will continue along with Mueller's investigation.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Trump discussed the firing of Comey with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when Moscow's top diplomat visited the White House the day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief was dismissed.

President Donald said, "Everybody's convinced: They say there is no collusion".

The committee's chairman, Sen.

The initial reports were that Trump's decision came as a result of a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that it was because of Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's scandal regarding the homebrew email server that she used while she was secretary of state under Barack Obama. "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".

The Times, citing a report on the meeting a source read to them, said that Trump told the Russians: "I just fired the head of the F.B.I".

Trump also set a goal to use the visits as a way to signal that the U.S.is re-establishing its global leadership role while emphasizing its allies' responsibility to share more of the burden of their own defense and to increase investment and partnerships that can create U.S.jobs, the official said.




Trump and his team planned the trip as an opportunity for the US president to unify Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders against extremism, a senior administration official said.

Spicer offered a new explanation for the firing, saying that Trump had been trying to improve relations with Russian Federation - and Comey got in the way. The move perplexed committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., who vowed to bring Comey before the committee nonetheless to testify as part of their probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, including potential ties between the Trump campaign and Kremlin officials.

Citing two unidentified sources, CNN also reported that White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distant possibility that Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office. Even Democrats have tried to calm impeachment talk out of concern it is premature.

The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., called on Republican leaders to obtain the documents related to Trump's comments to Russian officials about Comey.

Then-FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing earlier this month before he was sacked by President Trump.

"If these White House documents in fact exist memorializing the President's statements to the Russians, the Oversight Committee needs to obtain copies immediately", he continued.


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