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James Comey will answer questions about his firing publicly

James Comey will answer questions about his firing publicly

Richard Burr and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will schedule the open hearing for sometime after Memorial Day.

At first, the White House said Trump fired Comey based on the recommendation of the Justice Department, and because of Comey's handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton previous year.

Trump met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office the day after he fired Comey.

During the meeting - in which Trump allegedly revealed classified information provided by Israel - the president reportedly said Comey's firing a day earlier had had relieved him of "great pressure" over his ties to Russian Federation. "That's taken off, '" Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said on Twitter.

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OPEC's national representatives plus officials from its Vienna secretariat met on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, production in the USA has been increasing, threatening to derail the group's goal.

In reaction to that report, Spicer said, "As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

After days of political tumult in Washington, the Justice Department announced the appointment on Thursday of a special counsel to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. But Trump said later that he had already made a decision to fire Comey.

President Trump's multi-city overseas trip is meant to bolster relations with Muslim and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Comey's predecessor, Robert Mueller, to serve as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation probe. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers. "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". The CNN analyst says that doesn't really matter from a legal standpoint. He did not provide examples or evidence of any alleged "illegal acts".

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Mr Comey had been running an inquiry into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's election campaign. In the Oval Office weeks later, Comey told associates, the president asked him to shut down an investigation into Flynn.

A report in The New York Times quoted a White House-leaked file summarising the meeting with Russian officials. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign previous year.

US law enforcement uses the term "a person of interest" to mean someone who is part of a criminal investigation but not arrested or formally accused of a crime.

Mueller's broad mandate gives him not only oversight of the Russian Federation probe, but also "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify to a top Senate committee, an event that could prove a pivotal moment in the fate of President Trump's besieged administration.

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Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia on Friday and then Israel and the Vatican, the centers of the world's three predominant religions. Late Friday, Saudi Arabia announced it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels southwest of Riyadh .

The revelation shows the law enforcement investigation is reaching "the highest levels of government", while also scrutinizing former confidantes no longer advising Trump, such as former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.


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