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FBI Probe Moves Into White House

FBI Probe Moves Into White House

Mueller's former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Kushner - who has been in the spotlight over the president's decision to fire James Comey from the FBI and for meeting with Russian officials - and Manafort, who is now under federal investigation. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times, which cited a document summarizing the meeting and read to it by an unnamed US official.

Washington, May 20 US President Donald Trump told Russian officials at an Oval Office meeting last week that firing FBI Director James Comey eased pressure on him as he was a "real nut job" and "crazy", a media report claimed today.

A memo by fired FBI Director Comey alleged Trump even asked that the probe into Flynn be shut down. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such bad things about director Comey".

Mr Comey had been running an inquiry into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's election campaign.

FBI's Russian Federation investigation now targeting top White House official
News reports that Comey had written memos about his conversations with Trump since January have fueled that aspect of the probe. The White House on Friday predicted that the investigation would back up Trump's account.

Anyway. The "nut job" comment's going to play very, very well, I'm sure, with an intel community that already dislikes Trump and an Federal Bureau of Investigation that was unhappy with how unceremoniously Comey was sacked. Plus, the more bumbling Trump does in handling the Russian Federation investigation, the harder it is for Moscow to have any meaningful dialogue with Washington.

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

Rosenstein briefed lawmakers on the events leading up to Comey's dismissal on May 9 as well as his decision on Wednesday to appoint a special counsel to lead the FBI's probe into Russia's election interference and whether Trump's campaign team was complicit.

In their announcement Friday, Burr and Warner announced that Comey would testify in open session, and that they would schedule that session after the Memorial Day break.

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Djokovic will either renew his rivalry with Rafael Nadal or face Belgium's David Goffin in the last-four on Saturday (today). Almagro soon took a 3-0 lead in the final set, but Djokovic rallied to win the decisive point in the 11th game.

"No. No. Next question", said Trump.

Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said the panel should request White House documents related to the May 10 meeting and subpoena them if necessary.

The Times report, and another in The Washington Post, surfaced as Trump was en route to Saudi Arabia for the first stop on his overseas tour that will take him through the Middle East and Europe. In the Oval Office weeks later, Comey told associates, the president asked him to shut down an investigation into Flynn. He also plans to travel to Israel, the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily. He says he thought that move was appropriate and produced a memo summarizing what he said were his "longstanding concerns" over Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation.

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president.

S.Korean President to take cautious approach to THAAD issue
The South Korean leader had pledged to review the hasty deployment of THAAD at a golf course in central South Korea. China says it wants to put ties with South Korea back on a normal track.

"He subsequently has said that he believed he was obligated to send the letter", Rosenstein said on Friday. Rosenstein was picked by Trump to be deputy attorney general in mid-January.


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