The Trump-Russia probe is now investigating a possible cover-up

The committee's chairman, Sen.

He assured Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, announced Friday that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee.

Senators said Thursday that Rosenstein knew that President Trump was going to fire Comey before he wrote a memo raking Comey over the coals for his handling of the Clinton email scandal.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings called Trump's reported comment "astonishing and extremely troubling".

Chaffetz has scheduled a hearing on Comey's firing next Wednesday, although it's not clear if Comey will testify. Within less than a month, he named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel investigating Russian election interference, after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, reportedly gave highly classified information to top Russian officials in the Oval Office, and reportedly asked Comey to back off his investigation of fired security advisor Mike Flynn.

'Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader, ' Rosenstein said. A Washington Post report, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser is now considered a "person of interest" in the law enforcement investigation into whether Trump's campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election. "He was insane, a real nut job", the Times reported that Trump said during the May 10 meeting. It was circulated as the official account. It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

"I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The president did not announce his pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before leaving Friday on his first foreign trip. "As to Mr. Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, coming before the committee, if I were Mr. Mueller, I would jealously guard the witness pool".

Trump boarded Air Force One Friday without making any comment about the future leadership of the law enforcement agency.

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Speaking to NBC News' Lester Holt on May 11, Trump mentioned the Russian Federation investigation when explaining why he fired Comey, whom he called a "showboat" and a "grandstander".

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) told reporters afterward that Rosenstein revealed new information about the letter he penned, which Trump cited to justify Comey's firing.

He says he asked career Justice Department lawyers to review the memo.

House members leaving a briefing by the deputy attorney general on the probe of connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign say they're frustrated at not getting answers.

Former FBI Director James Comey said in March that he was somewhat anxious about the prospect of Rod Rosenstein becoming deputy attorney general, according to a post published Thursday by Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

'He did acknowledge that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo, ' McCaskill said. But Democrats demanded answers on how he would conduct himself - and grilled him for his views on an independent investigation.

President Donald Trump is denying that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation or that he tried to kill an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the issue.

Trump spoke on Thursday at the White House as the Justice Department official who appointed a special counsel to independently lead a Trump-Russia investigation briefed the entire Senate in private at the Capitol.

The news that Rosenstein knew about Comey's firing before he wrote the memo could make the deputy attorney general a witness in Mueller's investigation, the Times noted.

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