Dem senator: Trump disclosed more to the Russians than Americans

Dem senator: Trump disclosed more to the Russians than Americans

Dem senator: Trump disclosed more to the Russians than Americans

After the firing, associates of Comey leaked a February memo the FBI director had written describing a conversation in which Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn's dealings with Turkey and Russian Federation.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are also probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump has reportedly told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office on May 10, the day after he dismissed Comey, according to the document.

He said Trump's Oval Office comments amounted to "pretty clear evidence" that his "motive in firing Comey was to obstruct justice".

"I was very pleased, certainly, with the selection of Mr. Mueller", Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland told reporters after the House briefing.

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"The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", Burr said.

Moreover, Trump reportedly has kept in touch with at least one former associate who is under active criminal investigation by the FBI. It also distributed a letter from Sessions that said "Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

It's unclear how the White House believes Comey politicized the case, but he testified publicly that the probe was ongoing a week before he was sacked. The White House did not dispute the Times reporting on Trump's quote.

Comey, who has not spoken publicly in the 10 days since he was sacked, will testify in an open session of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election.

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In reaction to that report, Spicer said, "As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

The White House has struggled since Comeys firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and the Justice Departments involvement in that decision.

"I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it", Rosenstein said Friday during his closed-door session with lawmakers at the House of Representatives. “My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination, ” he said.

The memo focused on Comeys handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI directors decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures during her presidential campaign against Trump.

Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment of a special counsel, a prosecutor with wide authority to investigate Russia's interference and other potential crimes uncovered.

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) accused President Trump on Friday of being more open with Russian officials than he has been with the American people.

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