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Senators: Former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly before intelligence panel

Senators: Former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly before intelligence panel

When he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month, Comey defended his decision to reveal that the agency was restarting its probe into Hillary Clinton's email use just days before last year's election while not disclosing a separate probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

He then told the pair, "I'm not under investigation".

Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Committee, hoped that Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since he was sacked by Trump last week.

One government official interviewed by the Times claimed Trump's talk of "pressure" was a negotiation tactic, meant to press upon Moscow that its meddling in the 2016 elections had raised problems for the president, and to induce Russian Federation into diplomatic concessions. Trump admitted last week that he fired Comey in part because of the Russian Federation investigation, blowing up the White House message that the firing was based on a Department of Justice recommendation. The report, which cited a United States official who has seen a document summarizing the meeting, said Trump also told the Russians the Federal Bureau of Investigation director "was insane, a real nut job".

The White House originally pointed to a recommendation from acting attorney general Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server as the impetus for his departure.

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Stephens told the committee that AT&T, "would invest more with immediate expensing". "That why we talked about trade-offs. For a permanent tax cut, the legislation would have to be revenue-neutral and not add to the deficit after 10 years.

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. Both stories indicate a marked escalation of the investigation since Mr Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor.

Mr Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, and called the investigation into his campaign the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history". The White House has given different versions of the reasons for the dismissal.

White House response to Comey's agreement to testify wasn't immediately available.

Former FBI director James Comey will soon testify in open session before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, following revelations Friday that President Trump told Russian leaders that the FBI chief is a "nut job" who was adding pressure to the high-stakes investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election.

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Donald Trump defeated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. The Times had not seen the memo, which they said was unclassified, but parts of it had been read to their reporter.

"As the president has stated before, a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", said spokesman Sean Spicer.

The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favourable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. But he added, “I wrote it. "I stand by it", Rosenstein said Friday during his closed-door session with lawmakers at the House of Representatives.

Trump has repeatedly slammed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "hoax" and blamed disgruntled officials at intelligence agencies for leaking information related to the probes.

On Thursday, Mr Trump declared himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history and denied allegations of collusion.

And Spicer maintained that Trump was aware the FBI investigation would continue after Comey's axing, even though Trump's quotes to the diplomats indicated otherwise.

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A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not immediately returned. Amid sobs, he said that last fall he "came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness ".

Wyden also said he was looking into ways to obtain documents related to dealings with Russian Federation by Flynn.


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