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Comey agrees to testify before Senate Intel Committee

Comey agrees to testify before Senate Intel Committee

The White House on Friday predicted that the investigation would back up Mr. Trump's account.

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting. "The investigation would have always continued, and, obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday. That would surely include Trump's firing of Comey.

While speaking with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Trump reportedly said, "I faced great pressure because of Russia".

On the other hand, Fox News anchor and former defense attorney Gregg Jarrett points to another possible conflict of interest Mueller may have: his past working relationship with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Jim Comey - the man President Trump fired just two weeks ago. After Comey's firing, Trump himself has interviewed several potential nominees.

A United States official briefed on the conversation said Trump was using "pressure" he faced from Comey as a negotiating ploy to win diplomatic gains from Lavrov on issues of dispute between Washington and Moscow - namely Syria and Ukraine.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said.

He continues, "Comey regards his predecessor as a mentor, while Mueller considers Comey his protégé".

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On the same day The Washington Post reported that a current senior White House adviser described as a "significant person of interest" is under scrutiny as part of the probe investigating possible co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. In March, Kushner volunteered to answer lawmakers' questions about meetings he had with Russian officials during the transition.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017. "I also expect that Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election", said Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va. When Comey was appointed to succeed Mueller as FBI Director, both men appeared together and were effusive in their praise of one another.

Mr Rosenstein told Congress he stands by a memo he wrote bluntly criticising Mr Comey.

Chaffetz has scheduled a hearing on Comey's firing next Wednesday, although it's not clear if Comey will testify. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". Democrats were simultaneously heartened by the selection of a respected former FBI director and prosecutor to lead an investigation that they feared had been tarnished by Trump's interference, while also concerned about the possibility of losing their grip on the information coming out of their own investigations.

The appointment has drawn generally favourable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well.

"This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration", Moulton said. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".

Rosenstein instead delivered careful characterizations about the inquiry and deferred to Mueller's autonomy as special counsel, and a pending investigation into Comey's conduct by the Justice Department's inspector general. He said that his memo had not been a legal brief, or a finding of official misconduct by Comey or "a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination".

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