Anonymous sources familiar with the probe told the Post that a “significant person of interest” in the sprawling probe into Russia’s election interference is a senior White House adviser close to President Donald Trump. “He was insane, a real nut job”, Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official.
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 US election, intensifying Donald Trump’s troubles at the start of his first foreign trip as president.
During the meeting – in which Trump allegedly revealed classified information provided by Israel – the president reportedly said Comey’s firing a day earlier had had relieved him of “great pressure” over his ties to Russian Federation. That’s because Comey, as FBI director, was leading the Russia investigation and had recently announced the probe was targeting alleged Russian ties to Trump’s campaign.
“Trump fired Jim Comey because the most risky thing in the world, if you’re Donald Trump, is a person who tells the truth, is dogged, you can’t control”, Wittes said, according to PBS.
Russian Federation has denied any wrongdoing during the election. Trump is scheduled to meet with Saudi King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron.
“You’d have to show a corrupt intent to impede or obstruct an FBI investigation and that’s usually pretty hard because you have to get inside somebody’s mind”, Akerman, now a partner at New York City law firm Dorsey & Whitney, said. Officials said it had nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said, “I can’t confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations or targets of investigations”.
Trump, who on Friday left for his first foreign trip, has slammed the appointment of a special counsel as a politically motivated “witch hunt“.
“There was considerable frustration in the room”, said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee. “So he stood in the back, right in front of the drapes, hoping Trump wouldn’t notice him camouflaged against the wall”.
Democratic lawmakers have claimed ever since Comey’s firing that Rosenstein’s memo was used as a mere pretext to can the director. “My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination”, he said.
“I wrote it. I believe it”. Rosenstein denounced that as “profoundly wrong and unfair”.
The latest report was published just as Mr Trump took off on a flight to the Middle East for the first leg of his first foreign tour as president.
Rosenstein declined to discuss the timing of the memo and who had asked him to write it, saying the memo and its role in Comey’s firing were likely to be part of the investigation, which will now be led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, whom Rosenstein appointed special counsel on Wednesday.