Trump denies ever urging Comey to back off Flynn investigation

Virginia Carter
May 20, 2017

"As part of the House Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Reps". Mr Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

In a written statement, Mr Trump insisted anew there were no nefarious ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity, " he declared. Look the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media.

Meanwhile, at home, other investigations into Russian Federation will move forward.

When Comey was deputy attorney general, in 2003, he appointed special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald to lead an investigation into whether George W. Bush administration officials illegally leaked the name of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame to a journalist.

Many Democrats earlier had sharply criticized Rosenstein for writing the memo the Trump White House initially used to justify Comey's firing.

He finally fired Comey last week, in a move legal experts say could become the basis for an obstruction of justice investigation against the beleaguered American president.

First reactions from Congress were mainly positive.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. takes questions from reporters at the Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. "Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted".

"I believe Mueller will be independent, he will be thorough and he will be fair and he's not going to be easily swayed, " said Elijah Cummings of Maryland, top Democrat on the oversight panel. If Comey were to attempt to hurt Trump by leaking information, his effort could only be effective if people were to trust the ensuing press coverage.

In a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday, the Republican chairman of a House oversight committee, Jason Chaffetz, set a May 24 deadline for the FBI to produce all relevant material relating to any communications between Comey and Trump. During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced.

Senate panel chairman: Flynn won't honor subpoena
Things are then passed over to the US attorney for the District of Columbia, who would be the one to pursue a case. An earlier report said that Flynn's lawyers said that he planned to ignore a Senate panel's subpoena.

As the controversy swirled in Washington, Trump had defiant words during a speech to US Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT, complaining about media coverage and saying no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly".

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams". "You don't make that phone call unless James Comey tells you to make the phone call". Don't give in, don't back down. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Putin made light of the matter at a news conference in Russian Federation, saying Moscow was ready to hand a transcript of the meeting to United States lawmakers if that would help reassure them.

And he adopted a skeptical tone toward the reports that have the White House in chaos and lawmakers scrambling to respond.

"I'm sure we're going to go on to hear from Mr. Comey about why, if this happened as he allegedly describes, why didn't he take action at the time?".

It followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired Comey on May 9.

Ryan said Congress "can't deal with speculation and innuendo" and must gather all relevant information before "rushing to judgment" on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The committee's letter to the FBI asks the agency to hand over the Comey memo if it exists, as well as other documents "memorializing interactions he had with Presidents Trump and Obama, Attorneys General Sessions and Lynch, and Deputy Attorneys General Rosenstein, Boente, and Yates regarding the investigations of Trump associates' alleged connections with Russian Federation or the Clinton email investigation". He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

The requests came in letters to acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe and White House Counsel Donald McGahn. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov.

"We need the facts", Ryan said.

His advice to the president: "Stay disciplined, stay focused and deliver on the world stage". Unknown to the Obama administration, Gen Flynn had been paid more than $500,000 to advocate for Turkey's interests.

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