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James Comey will answer questions about his firing publicly
20 May 2017, 02:12 | Marion Schneider
Though James Comey, the FBI director that Trump fired last week, confirmed the existence of an investigation into Trump's campaign in March, the Justice Department declined to comment.
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. -Va., the committee Vice Chairman.
The report is the latest in a steady stream of bad headlines for the White House related to the fallout of Comey's firing.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the summary, saying in a statement that pressure applied by Comey had affected the President's diplomatic efforts with Russian Federation regarding Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.
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.
The meeting took place one day after Trump's surprise firing of Comey, which prompted bipartisan outcry and ultimately led to the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel for the Russian probe.
Republicans have largely stood behind Trump in the first months of his presidency as the FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's election meddling intensified.
A senior White House adviser is a significant person of interest in the law enforcement investigation of possible ties between Donald Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation, the Washington Post said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. "He was insane, a real nut job". However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday.
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Final confederate statue coming down in New Orleans
On the day of the unveiling, a crowd of almost 15,000 people came to watch, the Daily Picayune newspaper reported the next day. But in explaining his reasoning, the mayor has repeatedly said they do not represent the diversity and future of New Orleans.
Trump had said Thursday he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Sen.
On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Comey's predecessor, Robert Mueller, to serve as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation probe.
Mr Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Mr Comey, he thought it was "appropriate" to seek a new leader.
The Justice Department issued the text of Mr Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.
He says his memo is not a finding of official misconduct and is not a statement of reasons to justify Comey's firing.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the memo the president initially cited as justification for firing FBI Director James Comey.
The FBI's investigation seeks to determine whether and to what extent Trump associates were in contact with Kremlin operatives, what business dealings they might have had in Russian Federation, and whether they in any way facilitated the hacking and publishing of Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails during the presidential campaign. Comey's associates have said that Trump asked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief for a pledge of loyalty during one meeting. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today". But Democrats, in particular, left the meeting frustrated that Rosenstein was not more forthcoming with information about Trump's decision to fire Comey.
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Iranian voters wait for a polling station to open during the presidential election in Tehran , Iran , May 19, 2017 . It's expected to be a tight race between incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and former prosecutor, Ebrahim Raisi.