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Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee

20 May 2017, 02:45 | Darnell Patrick

Comey agrees to testify in open hearing before Senate Intelligence Committee

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis looks at a map of the Middle East showing ISIS positions as he holds a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington DC

The investigation is examining the extent of contact between the Trump campaign and Russian state officials, business connections to Russia and whether there is any connection to the hacking of emails between Hilary Clinton's campaign and senior Democrats. The report claimed the investigation appeared to be entering a more open and active phase, with investigators conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas.

Among the most explosive reports: that Trump earlier this year asked for a pledge of personal loyalty from Comey, and that the president asked Comey to drop an investigation into his then-national security adviser, Mike Flynn.

The President of the United States disclosed more to Russian officials than the American public.

It is unclear exactly how Mueller's leadership will affect the direction of the probe, and he is already bringing in new people to work on the team.

Congress has largely praised the appointment of Mueller. Figures such as Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Carter Page had Trump's ear in 2016, and while Flynn was briefly part of the president's White House operation, none of these figures now has a job at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day.

But he added, "I wrote it".

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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. The President had later claimed that he had moved against Mr Comey in part because of his frustration over the FBI's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Trump has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory over Mrs Clinton.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are also probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The article did not identify the official, though it noted that the person was "someone close to the president". Flynn retroactively registered with the Justice Department in March as a paid foreign agent for Turkish interests. His role in the probe came to a screeching halt when Trump fired him 10 days ago - though a paper trail of memos he left behind has suggested the administration's attempts to derail the investigation. News reports that Comey had written memos about his conversations with Trump since January have fueled that aspect of the probe.

It's what makes this new report from the Washington Post so stunning.

The president has nonetheless seemed to defend his former adviser. Kushner also has acknowledged that he met with the head of a Russian development bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been under USA sanctions since July 2014.

That man - Evgeny Buryakov - ultimately pleaded guilty and was eventually deported.

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



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