The FBI and Congress are looking into potential links between Mr Trump’s campaign team and Russian Federation.
On Friday, The New York Times reported that, according to notes taken during the meeting, Trump had bragged to the visiting Russian emissaries that firing Comey had taken “great pressure” off him.
Former FBI director James Comey was apparently unsettled by Donald Trump’s unwanted attention and concerned about contacts made to him by the president’s aides. “He was insane, a real nutjob”, the newspaper reported, referring to a summary of the conversation.
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California said Rosenstein made clear Mueller has “carte blanche authority” in his investigation, and many members expressed confidence in Mueller, a former FBI director. Lindsey Graham said he came away with the understanding that Mr. Mueller’s probe will be treated “as if it may be a criminal investigation”.
The Washington Post reported Friday that someone close to Trump is. The Daily Beast, citing sources close to Flynn and the administration, reports the president is still clinging to hope that when the investigation is over, Flynn could rejoin the White House in some capacity.
Former FBI Director James Comey agreed to testify in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the bureau’s probe into Russian meddling with the 2016 USA election, intensifying Donald Trump’s troubles at the start of his first foreign trip as president.
Mueller was named as special counsel on Wednesday, one day after a report surfaced that Trump had requested ex-FBI Director James Comey end any investigations involving National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian Federation.
I recall Trump’s boasting on NBC’s “Today Show” in 2011 that he had sent a team of “investigators” to Hawaii to gather evidence to support his years-long claims that President Obama was not a US citizen.
The special counsel’s job is to investigate potential crimes and decide whether prosecutions are warranted, while it is the responsibility of lawmakers to hold officials responsible and exercise oversight of government.
The ceremony occurred in the Blue Room of the White House, where many senior law enforcement officials – including the Secret Service director – had gathered.
Trump’s approval rating continues to slip to 41%.
Spicer also said the real story were the negative leaks.
Trump cited displeasure with the FBI’s Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey. There was also the now-infamous dinner in which Trump asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, which the FBI Director refused to do.
That day, Comey’s attempt to make like a leaf mantis or Hamlet failed, and probably turned out worse than he expected: Trump spotted him, blew him a kiss and beckoned him over for a handshake.
“This is blatant”, Painter said.
One change that is likely to take place is a decrease in the number of on-camera White House press briefings, which sometimes have a circuslike atmosphere even as they have become must-watch television.
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation”, he said. By the grace of god (and ABC News), you can watch that interaction on video.
But building one against Trump might prove even easier than the one Akerman helped build against Nixon.
“With Nixon, you needed the tapes”. “It also happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won, because of the Electoral College being slanted so much in their way”, he said. “We’ve got everything at this point except hand-drawn pictures about what is in his mind”, he said.
The “nutjob” remarks are not the first things Trump said during his Lavrov meeting that have gained widespread attention.
The Times does not report what else may have been in the document, which would appear to have been classified.
In conversations with allies inside and outside the White House, Trump, who rarely assumes blame for the crises he creates, has criticised his staff as serving him poorly.
And he repeated his surprise that his decision to fire Comey was met with such an uproar.
The description comes from Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, editor in chief of the blog Lawfare and a friend of Comey, who said in Lawfare that Comey described the encounter to him over lunch. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Rosenstein would be questioned about a letter he wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.