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Trump told Russians firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure on investigation

20 May 2017, 10:14 | Taylor George

A current White House official has been identified as a person of interest by law enforcement investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign, NBC News confirmed, citing two US officials.

The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation, two people familiar with White House thinking said on Friday. "Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations", said Spicer.

Questions about the FBI's ongoing Russian Federation investigation dominated a joint press conference with Colombia President Juan Manual Santos. But the president undercut that argument a day later, telling NBC News, "When I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

"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 U.S. elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", Sen.

Trump has said he plans to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director soon, and that had been expected before his departure Friday afternoon on his first foreign trip as president.

"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.

Far from relieving pressure, that firing, and a subsequent report that Trump had asked Comey to stop an investigation in disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn, ratcheted up the probe.

He also reportedly divulged sensitive classified information about the fight against ISIS from an ally, later revealed to be Israel, that the USA had not shared with other close partners.

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Separately, a Washington Post report, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser was now considered a "person of interest" in the law enforcement investigation into whether Mr Trump's campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election. And it spun Trump's words as a "request", when Trump had, in fact, merely said: "I hope you can let this go".

For nearly twenty-four hours, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's two-page "report" on James Comey stood as the preferred White House excuse for why FBI Director.

Earlier this week, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the federal investigation in an effort to re-establish independence from the White House.

People familiar with the investigation said the intensifying effort does not mean criminal charges are near, or that any such charges will result.

Trump has called the furore since he fired Comey a "witch hunt" and insisted there was no contact between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Lawmakers at both congressional sessions expressed frustration that Rosenstein would say little in answer to their questions about his actions - or others' - before Comey's firing.

Rosenstein only told House members that he appointed a special counsel to restore Americans' faith in the Russian Federation investigation, saying that interference in US elections should not be a partisan issue.

On a day the administration hoped that Trump could leave scandalous allegations at home as he began his first trip overseas as president, the development was unwelcome at the White House.



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