Lawmakers of both parties sought to question him about Trump’s firing last week of FBI Director James Comey, which was followed by news that Trump had shared secrets with the Russians and tried to stop Comey from investigating former presidential adviser Michael Flynn.
Current administration officials who have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials include Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Mr Trump also strongly defended his decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.
“He was informed that the president meant to fire [Comey], and then he wrote the memo”, Sen.
Comey – whom Trump fired May 9 – wrote a memo memorializing a discussion with the president about Flynn and the FBI’s investigation, two sources close to the former FBI director who had seen the memo confirmed to NPR.
“I hope you can let this go”, Mr Trump reportedly told Mr Comey.
The White House has disputed Comey’s account of his February conversation with Trump concerning Flynn but has not offered specifics. “He was insane, a real nut job”, Trump said, according to the document summarizing the meeting.
The announcement of a special counsel apparently took the White House by surprise, with Mr Trump being informed of it only after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had signed the order.
– Speaking at a conference in Las Vegas, former Vice President Joe Biden addressed numerous topics, including his thoughts on running for president, his time serving under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy.
U.S. president Donald Trump has claimed he is the victim of an unprecedented “witch hunt” that “hurts our country terribly” in the wake of an independent probe into claims of Russian Federation links.
The Justice Department on Friday issued the text of Rosenstein’s opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill. “And Comey has long arms, so Comey said he preemptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president’s hand”, Wittes told the “Times”. “He learned of the president’s decision to fire him and then he wrote his memo with his rationale”, Durbin said. “So one of the big losers in this decision is the public”, because fewer people would be likely to testify in open congressional hearings.
Trott says Rosenstein answered that he didn’t want to interfere with the independent investigation that will now be run by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.
The revelation undercuts President Donald Trump’s insistence that his campaign had nothing to do with the Kremlin.
His remarks to TV news anchors came one day after Trump launched his Pity Party at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement speech, after learning Rosenstein had named former Mueller special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation.
He later reiterated: “There was no collusion, and everybody – even my enemies have said, there is no collusion”.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller after a succession of jarring developments that brought questions over Russia’s alleged meddling in the election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign to a boil.