USA lawmakers to press intel chiefs on Russian Federation ahead of Comey hearing

USA lawmakers to press intel chiefs on Russian Federation ahead of Comey hearing

Asked if Trump had acted appropriately, Republican Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr said: "I don't think that from what I've read there's anything of wrongdoing, but I will match that with his verbal testimony, and weight it against the evidence of our investigation to date". "And Trump said, 'Can't we be done this?' So this wasn't some official investigation asking him to stop, and Comey's confirmed it".

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, will claim in prepared testimony that the president told him, "I need loyalty".

Comey will also tell lawmakers that he told Trump he was not personally under investigation, validating the president's previous claims that he was not the target of the probe into his campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.

Warner says that in violation of clear guidelines put in place after Watergate to prevent any whiff of political interference by the White House in FBI investigations, President Donald Trump also called Comey twice to ask him to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation over his White House.

He adds: "I did not say I would 'let this go"'. "All in all, it's a pretty good day for President Trump".

Comey gets a midday phone call from now-President Trump inviting him to dinner at the White House that night.

Trump fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief on May 9, setting off a political firestorm, and he has since called Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander".

-Did the president ask Comey for his loyalty? Yes.

To Comey, the president's request was "very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency".

Instead, he'll be tried by the US Congress, who will all be operating under the glare of the public eye and will need to run for re-election. Comey said the president then turned to the subject of leaks. "The President went on to say that if there were some "satellite" associates of his who did something wrong, it would be good to find that out".

"I don't believe it's appropriate for me to address that in a public session", Coats said. Comey did everything he possibly could do to prepare for a criminal trial.

Fired FBI Chief James Comey seizes center stage in a compelling national political drama Thursday as he delivers congressional testimony that has grave implications for the fate of Donald Trump's presidency.

"The President feels completely and totally vindicated, " Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz said in a written statement Wednesday. In contrast, he adds, "I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months".

Trump also referred to the investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 United States election as a "cloud" that is damaging his administration.

The problem for Trump is Comey is considered a straight-down-the-line lawman who kept meticulous notes and spoke about his encounters with the president immediately after each exchange with a variety of people.

William Yeomans, a 26-year veteran of the Justice Department and fellow at American University Law School, agreed that Comey's new testimony doesn't help the President. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers declined to detail their private conversations with Trump in an open hearing.

More broadly, Mr Trump has ignored longstanding democratic norms, such as that a presidential candidate release tax returns and obey certain ethics rules.

Until his firing, Comey oversaw the federal investigation into possible collusion between Trump's associates and Russian Federation.

Trump is widely expected to use his Twitter account, which lists 31.8 million followers, to counterpunch at Comey on Thursday - perhaps even in real time.

And just a week before he was sacked - Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he made a decision to publicly announce his findings in the Clinton email investigation after watching Bill Clinton board a plane with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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