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.
Trump's statement about Comey to the Russians is significant because it "is indirect evidence of his corrupt intent when he fired Comey", Ohlin added. He also said that "the Russian Federation thing" had been a factor in his decision, later calling Comey a "showboat", a "grandstander", and a "real nut job".
Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSunday shows preview: Trump overseas as Russian Federation probe heats up Pence marks Armed Forces Day with vow to rebuild military Senators told of broadening Russian Federation investigation MORE (R-Fla.), who sits on the intelligence panel, will appear on CBS's "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, where he's likely to face questions about areas of interest for that hearing. And although there's no timeline on how long the investigation will take, "it's not a good development for the Trump White House".
The Times' story was just the latest in a slew of bombshell revelations that raised questions about whether the president was actively trying to squash an FBI investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
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The New York Times cited an unnamed USA official as its source for receiving the comments, which had been taken down in notes summarizing the meeting.
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"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said.
The President also reiterated that he was not personally under investigation, although he previously admitted that he was thinking "of the Russian Federation thing" when he dismissed Mr Comey. Moreover, reports came that Trump had called Comey a "nut job" when he spoke with the two Russian officials. The meeting ignited further controversy this week, when it was revealed that Trump had disclosed intelligence from an Israeli counterterrorism operation.
A third government official briefed on the meeting defended the president, saying Trump was using a negotiating tactic when he told Lavrov about the "pressure" he was under.
The president has been adamant that the meddling did not alter the outcome of the race, but it has become a political cudgel for his opponents. At worst, he has obstructed justice. The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favorable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. The memos can include quotes from the conversation.
"This is an extraordinary release of what are meant to be private conversations", Allen said.
Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether Trump's election campaign had links with Russian Federation in the USA polls past year. The Post didn't name the official. "I think it's unfortunate that he got caught in this whirlwind of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump".
"Mr.Comey served his country with honour for many years, and he deserves an opportunity to tell his story".