White House adviser is person of interest in Russia probe

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by U.S. President Donald Trump last week amid an agency probe into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election, has agreed to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing, the committee said in a statement on Friday.

Comey has not spoken publicly since President Donald Trump abruptly fired him less than two weeks ago amid his agency's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

And in the wake of a Friday New York Times report in which Trump is said to have told the Russians "I faced great pressure because of Russia". The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple congressional committees. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, who chairs the committee.

Warner, the vice chairman of the panel, said that he hopes Comey's testimony "will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the President".

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

According to the report, the sources emphasized that investigators remain keenly interested in people who previously wielded influence in the Trump campaign and administration but are no longer part of it, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Earlier this week, investors dumped stocks in response to reports that Trump in February had asked Comey to stop investigating his former national security adviser, prompting accusations the president may have tried to hamper the probe.

She says it's a "ridiculous statement" for Trump to make and results in "elevating the Russians as his confidante at the expense of our Justice system in our country". Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing. Comey's associates have said that Trump asked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief for a pledge of loyalty during one meeting.

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USA law enforcement uses the term "a person of interest" to mean someone who is part of a criminal investigation but not arrested or formally accused of a crime. "It makes it very clear that what Donald Trump was trying to do was to end the Russian investigation".

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

Trump, who has embraced what he describes as an "America First" approach to US foreign policy and global trade, is expected to be welcomed warmly by leaders in Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told members of Congress he stands by a memo he wrote that preceded the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

He says his memo is not a finding of official misconduct and is not a statement of reasons to justify Comey's firing.

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

Trott says Maryland Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings asked something like, "So you woke up one morning and made a decision to write a memo?"

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