'White House adviser is person of interest in Russian Federation probe'

'White House adviser is person of interest in Russian Federation probe'

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Mr Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia - the first stop on his first foreign trip as President.

"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself, and the Russians - zero", Trump told reporters. He says he thought that move was appropriate and produced a memo summarizing what he said were his "longstanding concerns" over Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Trump was using a negotiating tactic when he told Russian officials about the "great pressure" he was under, another U.S. official defended the president to the Times, suggesting that Trump's goal was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions on certain issues.

Mr Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week that Mr Comey was a "nut job", according to the Times, citing notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a United States official.

Mr Trump had fired Mr Comey the evening before.

The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president this week, including that he may have obstructed justice by asking Mr Comey to drop an investigation into one of his top advisors.

Mr Rosenstein reportedly spoke to the new, cover-up investigation in one of these briefings.

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The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president. Ryan said of the special counsel appointment of Robert Mueller was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead". It also distributed a letter from Sessions that said "Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". The White House has given different versions of the reasons for the dismissal.

Trump and his team planned the trip as an opportunity for the US President to unify Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders against extremism, a senior administration official said. The White House did not dispute the Times reporting on Trump's quote.

Washington, May 20 Sacked FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before a Congressional committee in an open session about alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential polls past year.

Before the latest reports, the White House had hoped to shift attention away from the political firestorm in Washington to foreign policy as well as the president's ambitious pro-business economic agenda in Congress. Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed - as recently as Thursday - to the "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein.

The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election. But he added, "I wrote it".

The appointment has drawn generally favourable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. I believe it. I stand by it.”. Officials said it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation. Chaffetz, who announced Thursday he is leaving Congress at the end of June, has requested Comey's memos, as has the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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