Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee

Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee

In the days after Comey's firing, some lawmakers, former Justice officials and people who knew Rosenstein wondered if he had been forced to write the politically charged memo for Trump.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump has shown his disrespect for the presidency if the Times report is accurate. 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.

In a separate news report on Friday, the Washington Post claimed that a senior White House adviser was a person of significant interest in the investigation into possible ties between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation.

The White House has disputed Comey's account of his February conversation with Trump concerning Flynn but has not offered specifics.

"We are confident that when these inquiries are complete there will be no evidence to support any collusion between the (Trump) campaign and Russian Federation", an official said in a statement to CNN.

Comey will testify in an open committee session sometime after Memorial Day, the senators said in the statement on Friday, although no date has yet been set.

At first, the White House said Trump fired Comey based on the recommendation of the Justice Department, and because of Comey's handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton previous year.

Washington, May 20 US President Donald Trump told Russian officials at an Oval Office meeting last week that firing FBI Director James Comey eased pressure on him as he was a "real nut job" and "crazy", a media report claimed today. The White House has given different versions of the reasons for the dismissal.

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He reached a deal with world powers in 2015 which lifted most global sanctions in return for curbing Iran's nuclear programme. That deal saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said he would not discuss information provided in classified briefings and said the House Oversight committee had already asked for documents related to Comey's firing.

In response to the latest reports on Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer again rejected the allegations and said, "A thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

Contacted by the Times, White House press secretary Sean Spice did not deny Trump had made the statements, saying Comey's "grandstanding and politicizing" of the Russian Federation probe had put "unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

Asked about the Times report, Spicer said of the former FBI chief, "by grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation". The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple Congressional committees.

The conversation reinforces the notion that the president dismissed Comey primarily because of the FBI's inquiry into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian operatives.

The memo focused on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump.

The rule restricts newly appointed government officials from investigating clients of prior employers.

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