Senior Donald Trump advisor named as 'person of interest' in Russian Federation investigation

Senior Donald Trump advisor named as 'person of interest' in Russian Federation investigation

The FBI's Trump-Russia investigation has moved into the White House, according to reports emerging as the president arrived in Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip, while former FBI director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee.

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.

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said Comey "deserves an opportunity to tell his story".

The contract "Will Donald Trump be impeached in 2017?" saw its popularity skyrocket after reports of a memo written by Comey that said Trump had allegedly asked him to shut down the FBI's inquiry into ties between former NSA Advisor Michael Flynn, national security adviser to Trump, and Russian Federation.

Trump's Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak came one day after Comey was sacked.

The Trump administration already was engulfed in crisis as the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian election meddling and whether anyone close to Trump colluded in the effort.

Separately, The Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House.

A White House official said: "We are confident that when these inquiries are complete there will be no evidence to support any collusion between the campaign and Russian Federation".

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that former Trump aide Michael Flynn told his transition team at the beginning of January - earlier than was previously thought - that he was under federal investigation for working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the election campaign.

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Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates - an Obama appointee who was sacked by Mr. Meanwhile, President Trump blasted the hearing, saying there was nothing new.

Mr Kushner has long advised the President both during his campaign and in the White House.

The White House may be looking at ways to undermine the special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with the White House, Reuters reported Friday.

"Trump fired Jim Comey because the most unsafe thing in the world, if you're Donald Trump, is a person who tells the truth, is dogged, you can't control", Wittes said, according to PBS.

At least eight government bodies are investigating the president and people surrounding him, as are media outlets worldwide, triggering Trump to declare himself the victim of a "witch hunt" and hauling the White House into a cauldron of mutual suspicion. Reached for comment, though, Sean Spicer ... didn't deny that Trump said it.

In a statement Friday evening, the Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Comey has agreed to publicly testify in front of the panel about his role in the Russian Federation investigation.

Last week, a memo drafted by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was held up by the White House as justification for the firing of Comey, who had been leading the investigation.

"I believe that's why we're having this investigation - to find out if in fact there was collusion".

That flies in the face of the White House's public insistence that Comey's dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation. But that also means that any charges he brings, or critical report he issues, will have instant credibility.

Comey said he tried to avoid interaction with Trump because Trump had been making efforts to befriend him and build a personal relationship with him since he became president.

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