Comey summoned to reveal if Trump obstructed justice

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With those words from Peter Baker of The New York Times, the East Room of the White House grew quiet, but for the shutter clicks of the cameras.

"The sooner Mr. Comey testifies publicly before the Judiciary Committee, the better for our nation".

That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn's lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported.

"Based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Mr Rosenstein said in a statement.

Trump's tweets signal his White House - or at least the man in charge - will try to resist Mueller's investigation, meaning the shadow of that probe will now hang over a White House in need of a morale boost. "Zero", Trump said at a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

"I will follow the facts - wherever they may lead", he added.

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Before he was sacked after just 24 days on the job, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn rejected a military plan seven months in the making to retake Raqqa, Syria, from the Islamic State, a plan that went against the wishes of Turkey - a country whose interests Flynn was being paid $530,000 to represent, McClatchy DC reported Wednesday night.

He also said he thought that Comey's firing would be bipartisan.

His boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was forced to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation due to his own undisclosed contacts with Moscow's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

This comes on the heels of the bombshell report completely denied by the White House that there was a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing a meeting where President Trump asked him to stop investigating Flynn. "By having someone like Bob Mueller head whatever investigation assures the American people that there's no undue influence, be it here or be it at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, or within the Justice Department or FBI".

Comey felt like Trump either didn't understand or didn't like the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's independence, and was trying to get Comey to bend the rules for him, the Post said the associate told it. A Comey associate read parts of a memo copy, which is unclassified, to a Times reporter.

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