Trump kept pushing Comey for information on Russian Federation investigation, kept wanting loyalty

Trump kept pushing Comey for information on Russian Federation investigation, kept wanting loyalty

Trump kept pushing Comey for information on Russian Federation investigation, kept wanting loyalty

"Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media", he said.

But asked about the justice department decision to appoint a special counsel, Robert Mueller, to investigate contacts between his campaign and Russia, Trump appeared to shift his position from previous blanket denials.

The tumult in Washington deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

"Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey's associates", The New York Times said. He admitted, "I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey". The White House has denied the memo's accuracy. Trump fired Comey May 9.

President Trump dismissed a question on May 18 about reports that he asked former FBI director James Comey to end the investigation into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, and went on to attack Comey's "poor, poor performance".

Trump also changed his story once again about the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing, returning again to the White House's original rationale that he based his decision on Rosenstein's recommendation.

Rosenstein briefed senators on Thursday, but made no public comments.

Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named Mueller amid mounting pressure in Congress for an independent investigation beyond existing FBI and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

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Trump also said at the time that "the process is going to move quickly" and that he would make a "fast decision" to replace Comey. Plus, as a very special bonus, he works for the same law firm as Trump's personal lawyer. "Or who's campaigned for president".

Trump has said he could name a new director before he leaves Friday on his first overseas trip as president.

He said that he thinks the appointment of a special counsel "divides the country".

But Graves said it would be inappropriate to speculate about obstruction of justice - potentially an impeachable offense - before an investigation is completed. "Zero", Trump said, adding, "My total priority, believe me, is the United States of America". "If an investigation comes out and shows that he crossed that line, sure. But that's not anyone's place to speculate, the alleged memo has not been released".

"Bob was a fine US attorney, a great Federal Bureau of Investigation director and there's no better person who could be asked to perform this function".

"He's always been a person who steps out and does something he believes in", said James Douglas, president of NAACP-Houston who was Green's law professor at Texas Southern University.

Chaffetz told Pelley he wants the hearing with Comey to do the hearing "as publicly as we possibly can".

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen. "There's a whole litany of boxes that have to be checked, and a memo's just not going to reach that standard".

Trump responded by tweeting that as president, he had authority to disclose whatever he'd like.

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