Comey to testify in public Senate intelligence hearing

Donald Trump impeached

Donald Trump impeached

Trump has called coverage of his alleged links to Russian Federation and apparent efforts to stifle the FBI investigation as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", said Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.).

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey is to testify in front of cameras following his shock sacking, it has been announced, as a series of damaging revelations pile further pressure on embattled USA president, Donald Trump.

The Inquisitr reported last week that Trump admitted in an interview with Lester Holt on NBC that his decision to fire Comey was influenced by ongoing FBI investigation into his alleged questionable ties with Russian Federation. The Justice Department on May 17, 2017, appointed Mueller as a special counsel.

The Times reported Trump noted the Russia investigation as he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak of his decision to fire Comey.

The FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation has extended to a current senior White House official, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation, two people familiar with White House thinking said Friday.

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.

Trump met with the Russians on May 10, the day after he fired Comey. The newspaper also reported the president had asked for Comey to let go of the investigation into former national security advisor Michael T. Flynn.

In response to the latest reports on Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer again rejected the allegations and said, "A thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

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Mueller's former colleagues at WilmerHale, James Quarles and Aaron Zebley, are expected to join his investigation, according to a spokeswoman for the law firm.

Spicer offered a new explanation for that firing, saying that Trump had been trying to improve relations with Russia-and Comey got in the way. The White House has given different versions of the reasons for the dismissal.

"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.

"The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it".

These claims have been dismissed by the Trump administration as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, who offered to provide a record of the meeting to prove no classified or secret information was shared.

Democratic Senator Edward Markey called them "seismic revelations" and questioned whether the United States might be heading into a constitutional crisis.

Republican Representative Scott Taylor told CNN there was "no question" that Trump had "some stumbles this week".

Moreover, the White House has not ruled out the possibility of using the rule to challenge Mueller's findings in court, should the investigation lead to prosecution.

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

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