Voters support naming of special counsel for Russian Federation probe

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In related news, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan testified before a Congressional Committee that Russian Federation "brazenly interfered with the 2016 election" and that he briefed Congressional leaders about this in August.

Sessions recused himself in March from an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election following the revelation of two previously undisclosed encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. The primary charge against Nixon was that he had engaged in obstruction of justice with regard to the cover-up of the break-in to the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. The "smoking gun" that led to Nixon's resignation was the revelation of a taped conversation where Nixon said that he would tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation not to investigate the Watergate burglary because it was a Central Intelligence Agency matter.

It is obvious that President Trump turns his brain off when he opens his mouth.

Nearly half (47 percent), including 76 percent of Democrats and a plurality of independents (45 percent), of voters said they thought Trump removed Comey because he wanted to hinder the FBI's investigation.

Chaffetz responded to FBI Thursday, saying his committee has a "Constitutionally-based prerogative to conduct investigations" and does not want to interfere with the Special Counsel's probe.

After Comey's abrupt removal and the disclosure of the former director's memos sparked questions about possible obstruction of justice, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Coats declined to speak publicly on the matter, deeming the request inappropriate, current and former USA officials said.

He said that at the time he was thinking of "this Russia thing" when he dismissed Comey as head of the country's top law enforcement agency because he considers the possible Russia-Trump campaign link as an excuse opposition Democrats are using to explain the stunning upset election loss of Trump's opponent, former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

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A NSA official documented Mr. Trump's request in a memo, the paper reports.

Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russian Federation, who at one time had worked closely with Manafort, who was dismissed from Trump's campaign, the newspaper reported.

USA congressional committees and a special counsel named by the Justice Department this month are also now investigating whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 US election. He says he wants at least part of his testimony to be public.

Page is one of several people associated with Trump's campaign who are under investigation over their ties to Russian Federation. Brennan made that clear when Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen asked him at the May 23 hearing about previous Russian attempts to influence US elections.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says if it's true that the president asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny that there had been any "collusion" between the Russians and the Trump campaign, it would suggest obstruction or politicization of the intelligence community.

Trump made separate appeals in March to Daniel Coats, the national intelligence director, and to Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, according to USA news accounts citing current and former US officials.

A potentially more damaging issue for the Trump Administration is the abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, apparently over his involvement in investigating the Trump teams connections to the Russian government. There is reason to believe that President Trump did just this in trying to stop an FBI investigation into whether Michael Flynn, a Trump campaign aide and briefly a high-level official in the Trump administration, violated federal law in his contacts with Russian Federation.

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