Trump Told Russians He Fired 'Nut Job' Comey Because Of Investigation

The committee's chairman, Sen.

The Justice Department on Friday released the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill. The date of the hearing has not yet been set.

Russian Federation has denied any wrongdoing during the election.

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.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is sticking by his memo that preceded President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. "That's taken off", he said.

It said one official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

"I have said that all day long based on my conversations with White House officials, and they continue to say as much as well", Corke said.

He was also said to have told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak that "I'm not under investigation".

The latest report was published just as Mr Trump took off on a flight to the Middle East for the first leg of his first foreign tour as president.

But some Democratic lawmakers have emerged troubled from the briefings, in which Rosenstein explained his decision to appoint the special counsel.

Comey Thought He Could Handle Trump's Interference
The Justice Department appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, to lead the investigation into Russian meddling on Wednesday. Lawmakers said Rosenstein was careful in his wording, in part because of the potential scope of Mueller's probe. "No, no.

A Justice Department spokeswoman told the Post that she "can't confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations or targets of investigations". Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers. (Rosenstein backed up this version, telling a Senate committee that Trump had already made a decision to fire Comey before he wrote his letter.) But after Trump saw the backlash to his seeming honesty, he and his staff backtracked to the recommendation line. He did not provide examples or evidence of any alleged "illegal acts". Those familiar with the case said its significance had increased before Mueller's appointment.

With an abashed look on his face, Comey walked up to Trump.

Did he collude with Russian Federation in his campaign to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton? Trump told NBC two days after firing Comey, however, that he meant to do it "regardless" of Rosenstein's recommendation. Watching Trump dig a deeper hole for himself is doubtless amusing to Putin, but at a certain point even he must wince at Trump inadvertently making relations with Russian Federation more radioactive. During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced.

It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.

Comey, the then Federal Bureau of Investigation director, tried to blend in with the blue curtains in the back of the Blue Room of the White House.

A current White House official is "under scrutiny" in the federal investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the USA election, the Washington Post reported Friday.

That this revelation came as a result of a meeting with Russian officials, one of whom is a key figure in the investigation, is just the icing on the cake.

Comey turned down an invitation to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr Trump has tried to put investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office behind him.

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