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Sean Spicer: Comey was putting 'unnecessary pressure' on Trump's relationship to Russian Federation

20 May 2017, 10:16 | Taylor George

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is standing by the memo he wrote that President Trump used to justify his own firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Trump's approval rating continues to slip to 41%.

While not confirmed by the White House, this plan of action would be a major attempt to weaken the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties with foreign actors.

"Chairman Chaffetz should request these White House documents today and have his subpoena pen ready - just as he did earlier this week with the memos written by Director Comey", Cummings said in a statement. There is no reason he can't testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, particularly given that the Judiciary Committee is the FBI's primary oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over federal law enforcement, FISA and the nomination of the next FBI director.He should reconsider his decision". The person may be cooperating or have information of use to investigators.

"I just got a message from the president to stay strong", Flynn told his friends at a restaurant in northern Virginia late last month, according to Yahoo News. It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last Wednesday.

The Times cited notes from a May 10 Oval Office meeting, the day after Trump fired Comey.

The White House did not dispute the account portrayed, and instead said that the FBI investigation had put unnecessary pressure on the President's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation.

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in public sometime after Memorial Day.

Trump on Thursday slapped down the accusations against him and said he was the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history. The May 14-18 opinion poll found that 38 percent of adults approved of Trump while 56 percent disapproved.

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He also reportedly divulged sensitive classified information about the fight against ISIS from an ally, later revealed to be Israel, that the US had not shared with other close partners. The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories that Trump fired Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation.

The person in question is a senior advisor in the White House and is close to the president, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Unlike Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel appointed by a three-judge panel to investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton's real estate holdings in the 1990s, Mueller depends on the Justice Department for funding and he reports to Rosenstein, who was appointed by Trump.

But Trump's conversations with Comey and the Russians were part of a pattern that could open him up to charges of obstruction of justice, experts say.

And there's more trouble for the White House on the horizon. Whether it was Sean Spicer, Sarah Sanders, Hope Hicks, or Mike Pence, Trump surrogates rushed out to say that, yes, Donald Trump really was firing James Comey over his treatment of Hillary Clinton during the email investigation and - notably - that the firing had "nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation".

The FBI's investigation seeks to determine whether and to what extent Trump associates were in contact with Kremlin operatives, what business dealings they might have had in Russian Federation, and whether they in any way facilitated the hacking and publishing of Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails during the presidential campaign. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen. Trump also called Comey a "showboat" and a "grandstander".

"The "great pressure" taken off thing?"

Republican Representative Scott Taylor told CNN there was "no question" that Trump had "some stumbles this week".

But Rosenstein added: "I wrote it". The people familiar with the matter said the probe has sharpened into something more fraught for the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department - particularly because of the public steps investigators know they now need to take, the people said. During his candidacy, Trump's spokeswoman declared that "there was no communication" with foreign entities during the campaign.



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