World

Fired FBI chief Comey to testify publicly in Congress

Fired FBI chief Comey to testify publicly in Congress

In a statement Friday evening, the Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Comey has agreed to publicly testify in front of the panel about his role in the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey will testify in open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee at some point after the Memorial Day holiday, May 29, though a date has not yet been set.

Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017As the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump told Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov last week, according to the Times, citing notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a United States official.

He also reportedly said, "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

While the White House initially pointed to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, outlining Comey's mismanagement of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, as the impetus for his termination, Trump later admitted that the Russian Federation investigation - which he has called a "hoax" - played a role.

The conversation, during a May 10 meeting - the day after he fired Comey - reinforces the notion that Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau's investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives.

Also on Friday: The Washingon Post reported that a senior White House adviser, close to the president had been identified as a "significant person of interest" in the probe.

Contacted by the Times, White House press secretary Sean Spice did not deny Trump had made the statements, saying Comey's "grandstanding and politicizing" of the Russian Federation probe had put "unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".




Among Trump's senior White House advisers are several former campaign officials, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway.

He added: "I'm not under investigation". The notes were taken from inside the office and circulated "as the official account of the meeting". That would surely include Trump's firing of Comey.

As special counsel, Mueller is "authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters", according to the Justice Department order Rosenstein signed. Officials said it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation.

The White House says the notion that Trump fired Comey for investigating his and his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation is absurd.

Mr Rosenstein said, although he was personally fond of Mr Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed to the "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein.

The appointment has drawn generally favourable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. "I believe it. I stand by it".

The memo focused on Comeys handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI directors decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump. Rosenstein denounced that as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

Mr Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.


  • 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.
    Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Relieved Pressure on Him

    Trump Told Russians Firing 'Nut Job' Comey Relieved Pressure on Him

    Trump reportedly added that he wasn't under investigation, which is potentially untrue, since the president may not know the extent or specifics of the probe.
    China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea

    China's Xi says willing to help end rift with South Korea

    For his part, Lee said Moon asked him to express his "gratitude" to Xi for his message of congratulations after the election. Chinese-South Korean relations deteriorated after Seoul approved the positioning of the system.
  • Labour's Corbyn Launches Manifesto 'For The Many'

    Labour's Corbyn Launches Manifesto 'For The Many'

    Local Labour campaigner Joe Ashton, 29, said the manifesto set the party apart from others. For McCluskey, success would be holding on to 200 seats, he told Politico .

    Encana Corporation Posted losses of -0.28% in the Last Trade

    In our current pick, Encana Corporation (ECA ) has weekly volatility of 3.34%% while its monthly volatility value is at 3.74%%. Lone Pine Capital LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Encana Corp during the fourth quarter worth about $245,230,000.

    Jerusalem prepares for Trump's visit

    He will then see Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Reuters details. They will be joined by First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs.
  • Fired FBI Director Comey To Testify Publicly About Trump, Russia Probe

    It has also been reported that Trump had told the Russians classified information about military operations involving Isis. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who was an aggressive chairman of the House oversight committee during the Obama administration.
    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.
    Former US Congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting teenager

    Former US Congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting teenager

    Weiner will appear in federal court in New York Friday to enter the plea deal, but may have to wait several weeks for sentencing. Yet she agreed to be interviewed, with her father, " out of concern that Weiner may be sexting with other underage girls ".
  • Arsene Wenger Offers Clue On Timing of Arsenal Future Statement

    Arsene Wenger Offers Clue On Timing of Arsenal Future Statement

    Wenger already has enough on his plate trying to mastermind a 20th successive Champions League qualification against the odds . At the moment I think we should focus on the short-term; on the last game and the cup final.

    Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI director

    All Democratic senators Politico interviewed said the former CT senator lacks the kind of experience needed for the post. Keating was a two-term Republican governor of Oklahoma with his tenure covering the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.
    Senate Intel Committee seeks additional information from Comey, McCabe

    Senate Intel Committee seeks additional information from Comey, McCabe

    Last week, the Senate subpoenaed a large number of documents regarding Flynn's interactions with Russian officials. Congressional aides said negotiations with Flynn's lawyer continue, Reuters reported.