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Comey to Testify in Open Session on Russia Investigation

Comey to Testify in Open Session on Russia Investigation

The summary was drawn from a formal account of last week's meeting between Mr Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, who is at the centre of numerous controversial contacts between the Trump campaign and senior Russian officials.

Former FBI director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee about the bureau's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 USA presidential election, intensifying President Donald Trump's political troubles.

In that same conversation, Trump referred to Comey as "crazy" and "a real nut job", according to the Times.

He also reportedly said, "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

In a Thursday conference, Trump flatly denied that he ever made such a suggestion.

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The intelligence had come from Israel, which had not agreed for it to be shared. The official claims that Trump simply used the topic to segue into creating a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions out of Lavrov regarding Syria, Ukraine and other issues by bringing up the fact that Russia interfering in the USA election caused him great political strife.

Democrats have argued that Mr Trump's firing of Mr Comey during his Russian Federation investigation could amount to obstruction of justice.

"Telling the Russians - the adversary at issue the investigation itself - that firing Comey would ease pressure is compelling evidence of corrupt intent under normal circumstances", said Andrew Wright, an associate professor at Savannah Law School who specializes in federal criminal law and national security.

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.

The Washington Post reported that investigators have identified a current White House aide as a person of interest in the Russian Federation investigation.

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"I think you have one of the worst representatives of all the representatives in the USA", he said, while also labeling Graham "a disgrace" and, yes, a "nut job".

If we're parsing Trump's statements carefully, he still hasn't technically said something akin to 'I fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation.' He's said just about everything but that, mind you, but he hasn't quite said that.

He added, "Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations". "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. "That's taken off, '" Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said on Twitter.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump has shown his disrespect for the presidency if the Times report is accurate. Comey's testimony could publicly corroborate that testimony, and badly damage Trump's presidency.

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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.