Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify to Senate panel in public session

Olive Rios
Мая 22, 2017

And The New York Times reported the president had told Russian diplomats last week his firing of "nut job" James Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him.

The investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign is now looking into a possible cover-up, according to McClatchy.

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".

The ex-FBI chief has not spoken publicly since his surprise firing last week.

The committee's chairman, Senator Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Senator Mark Warner, announced that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee.

"Director Comey served his country with honor for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story".

"There is no reason he can't testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees". "Given his commitment to the people and the mission of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, we expected him to be responsive to the senators responsible for vetting its next proposed leader".

White House officials believe the president has the backing of Republican allies in Congress, and that impeachment is not on the cards, according to the people briefed on the legal discussions. Cummings also is urging Chaffetz, who is resigning from his job next month, to subpoena the White House for any documents relating to Flynn. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The news of a potential cover-up investigation came just hours after the Washington Post reported that an official now working in the Trump administration who is close to the president is a "significant person of interest" in the investigation. "That's taken off", Trump told his guest in the Oval Office, the Times said, quoting notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a USA official.

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation", he said.

The day after firing Comey, Trump hosted Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, in the Oval Office, along with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak.

However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday.

- Did he or didn't he?

Congressional committees have said they want to know more about the president's businesses, and have requested documents from a Treasury Department's money-laundering unit that fined a Trump casino $10 million in 2015 for persistent, wilful, and long-term violations of protocols created to keep criminal cash from being laundered through casinos. "It makes it very clear that what Donald Trump was trying to do was to end the Russian investigation".

While not confirmed by the White House, this plan of action would be a major attempt to weaken the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties with foreign actors.

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