Trump's comments to Russians about Comey 'is compelling evidence of corrupt intent'

Trump's comments to Russians about Comey 'is compelling evidence of corrupt intent'

President Trump told Russian officials that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved "great pressure" on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Mr Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia - the first stop on his first foreign trip as President.

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. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Intercepted Russian communications suggest that Russian officials felt that they had built up such a strong relationship with Flynn that they could use him to influence Trump and his inner circle, CNN reported.

Rosenstein denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him. "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.

Mr Rosenstein reportedly spoke to the new, cover-up investigation in one of these briefings.

As President Trump takes off today for his first global trip as commander-in-chief, The New York Times and The Washington Post dropped two new reports on the ongoing investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Mr Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, and called the investigation into his campaign the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history". However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday. "That's taken off", Trump was quoted as saying.

Among the most explosive reports: that Trump earlier this year asked for a pledge of personal loyalty from Comey, and that the president asked Comey to drop an investigation into his then-national security adviser, Mike Flynn.

Ousted FBI Director James Comey will testify in a public hearing before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day, the panel announced Friday.

"The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", said Burr.

The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and the Justice Department's involvement in that decision.

USA deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein explained his role in the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey today (May 19). But he added, "I wrote it".

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favorable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. "I stand by it", Rosenstein said Friday during his closed-door session with lawmakers at the House of Representatives.

That flies in the face of the White House's public insistence that Comey's dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation.

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

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