Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Congressional panels pledge thorough probe into Comey firing

A day after firing Comey, the president met with top Russian officials, during which he disclosed highly classified information about terrorist activity.

When asked at a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manual Santos on Thursday whether he had urged Comey to slow or stop an FBI investigation into Flynn, Trump responded: "No. No".

In a short statement, Mueller says, "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability". In January, Trump reportedly sought a pledge of loyalty from Comey and failed to obtain it.

The Washington Post reported, "The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter".

So it should indicate just how seriously the White house is taking the fallout from The Times report that the administration sent out McMaster and Tillerson on Sunday to defend this flimsy talking point.

Referring to the whole sequence of events leading to Comey's firing, Cummings added: "I think that there may be quite a few people that may have some problems with the law".

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Priebus said Trump had spent the flight reading newspapers, meeting with national security advisers and other staff, getting briefed about the trip and getting a little sleep.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser declined to say whether the president confronted Russian officials about the country's interference in the 2016 US presidential election during a meeting at the White House earlier this month, telling ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that there "already was too much that's been leaked from those meetings".

It has left White House officials and outside advisers perplexed: Why is Trump so determined to defend a man at the center of a federal investigation that is damaging his administration, and a man he has accused of lying to his vice president?

So in the March 20 hearing, Comey reported what the Justice Department had authorized him to report about the Russian Federation investigation, and said no more. "That's take off." Is that what the preside.

"We never talked about that stuff", he said. "He thinks everyone is out to get him". "They're supposed to be confidential", he said. The report said Moscow eventually developed a preference for Trump.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the committee, said he wants to press Comey as to whether he ever believed the White House was interfering with his work, in light of a spate of news reports that Comey had kept detailed records of his interactions with Trump.

House Democrats who have been pressing for a special counsel to examine possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are welcoming word from the Justice Department that former FBI director Robert Mueller will lead the investigation.

Two former campaign officials said Trump and Flynn became close on the campaign trail during long days of travel on the road. Yesterday, during his press conference, Trump carefully noted that he personally did not collude with Russian Federation to win the election, but it doesn't really matter if he made the phone calls or not. "Let's go wherever the facts lead us, and let's see what the conclusions are". One associate compared Flynn to Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager who is disliked by many in Trump's world.

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