The US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that former US Senator Joe Lieberman was one of his top picks to be nominated as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. They wrote that it was read to them by an American official while another “confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion”.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I”.
Kushner also met with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, in December at Trump Tower with Flynn. “He was insane, a real nut job”, Trump said, according to an official summary of the meeting that a USA official read to The Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation”.
“As the president has stated before – a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity”, said spokesman Sean Spicer.
That flies in the face of the White House’s public insistence that Comey’s dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation.
This latest damaging story was published shortly after Trump left for Saudi Arabia to kick off a nine-day worldwide trip, his first as commander-in-chief.
A senior White House official close to President Donald Trump is now a “significant person of interest” in the FBI’s investigation into whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election, according to a new report.
The Kremlin took that tack as well, with Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling Comey’s dismissal an “internal affair” that “has nothing to do and should have nothing to do with Russian Federation”. Though he has consistently called the Russian Federation probe a “witch hunt”, he told anchor Lester Holt that it played into his decision to get rid of Comey.
The president added, “I’m not under investigation”.
“While Trump’s team initially claimed that the firing came after a review by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, laid out in a memo, that largely faulted Comey on his handling of the investigation into the private email server of Hillary Clinton, Trump later said in an interview he had already chose to fire Comey and cited the Russian Federation investigation as being at the top of mind”, the report noted.