Trump says he did not ask Comey to end investigation

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

And on Tuesday, with that latest report fanning the flames on the growing fallout from Trump's decision to terminate Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced he was appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said Rosenstein told senators that he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote his letter accusing him of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

President Trump watches as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan departs at the entrance to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017. "Everybody's very optimistic, matter of fact the speaker was just talking about how since the passage of the health care bill that we passed things are actually looking more optimistic in some of these special races".

Lavrov said: "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here". "Zero", Trump said, at the joint news conference Thursday afternoon with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia. Moscow has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion it meddled in the campaign.

Donald Trump has refuted the claims made by a media report that he had asked sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey to quash the agency's investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Federation. The Justice Department announcement came after the market close.

Trump is both publicly and privately stewing about Rosenstein's decision to name a special counsel. The White House said Trump fired him following recommendations by the USA attorney general and deputy attorney general.

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He also said the President has since clarified remarks made during the campaign, saying Trump was referring to Islamic terrorists. Last week, a federal judge in MI ordered the Trump administration to turn over communications from former NY mayor Rudolph W.

Flynn might be stonewalling, but the Times reports that a grand jury in northern Virginia is investigating Flynn's "foreign lobbying and has begun issuing subpoenas to businesses that worked with Mr. Flynn and his associates". Trump was not pleased with the news.

Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina, the panel's chairman, and Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat, said the committee will continue its own investigation and "engage with Director Mueller" on any potential conflicts.

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", Trump said.

But Ryan said the investigations into the White House do not make it easier for congressional Republicans.

A discordant note was sounded by Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairperson of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, who praised Mueller's credentials, but said: "I don't think they should have appointed someone". "Where is the actual crime that they think they need a special prosecutor to prosecute", Chaffetz told Fox News.

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