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Trump pins obstruction of justice probe to 'phony story'; Putin mocks Comey

Trump pins obstruction of justice probe to 'phony story'; Putin mocks Comey

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when President Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Some of President Donald Trump's closest allies - including one of his sons - have begun questioning whether Mueller's wide-ranging probe is becoming too political, as the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensifies.

The former Alabama senator also defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing when he said he had not met with Russian officials during the campaign.

In a testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, Comey raised red flags when he said that prior to Sessions' recusal, the FBI was aware of information that would have made his continued involvement in the Russian Federation investigation "problematic".

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said. Why didn't Wyden ask Comey that?

The former Republican U.S. senator, an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January that he had no dealings with Russian officials previous year. This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it.

The meeting comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller.

Gunman who shot Republican congressman had a violent, twisted past
Robert Becker , director of Sanders' Iowa campaign, said staff workers could not recall Hodgkinson. The shooter died in the exchange of gunfire between him and the police.

President Trump later said the firing was over "the Russian Federation thing".

Sessions, a senior member of Trump's Cabinet and an advisor to his election campaign a year ago, had a series of tense exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee during about 2-1/2 hours of testimony as they pressed him to recount discussions with the Republican president.

This might be an occasion to nudge the Public Editor (or reader's representative) at the Times to investigate.but the Times just abolished their Public Editor, and Liz Spayd's final column came the week before Comey testified. Comey's decision to announce a year ago that Clinton would not be prosecuted over her emails was a "usurpation" of the Justice Department's authority, Sessions said.

(CNN) Attorney general Jeff Sessions, sparring with his former colleagues in testimony before the Senate intelligence committee, made a startling and dismaying admission on Tuesday.

"Certainly not one thing happened that was improper in any one of those meetings", Sessions said.

But Sessions frequently framed his answers with "to the best of my knowledge" qualifiers and left open the possibility that he had a casual encounter with Kislyak at a reception preceding a foreign policy speech by Trump at the Washington Mayflower Hotel.

In his compulsion to defend himself on Twitter, Trump admitted that he is under criminal investigation.

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Later, when asked if the console would be sold at a loss, Spencer chose to avoid the question with his words. This is particularly important for rendering high res textures, since both consoles aim to offer 4K quality.

And finally today, more infighting among Democrats in Congress, as some members are the caucus move forward with a plan to impeach Donald Trump, as Dem leadership pushes back to kill, or at least slow down the process.

During the two-and-a-half hour hearing, he engaged in testy exchanges with several senators who pressed him for details on his discussions with Trump - which he refused to provide in the name of confidentiality.

"I don't know, Sen".

At a separate hearing Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he saw no reason to sack Mueller, whom he appointed as special counsel after Comey was fired. A memorandum was prepared by the deputy attorney general, who evaluated his performance and noted some serious problems with it. He said he had no conversations about that finding with President Trump either. Or was it because of the Russian Federation probe, as Trump said later on television?

Even the Wall Street Journal editorial page - not exactly a bastion of liberalism - lambasted Trump in March for his unfounded claim that Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower, followed by the president's outrageous support for a fake Fox News claim that Obama outsourced the tapping to British intelligence.

Rosenstein said that if the president ordered him to fire Mueller, he would comply only if the request was "lawful and appropriate".

Trump Slams 'Phony Story' on Obstruction: 'Witch Hunt'
The Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators. The leak controversy, Keating added, is "not problematic for him", referring to Mueller.


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