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Dem senator: Trump disclosed more to the Russians than Americans

Danilo Martir | 20 May, 2017, 15:42

The person was said to be a White House adviser "close to the president", officials told the newspaper.

Under this strategy, the sources said the administration would raise the issue in press conferences and public statements.

President Donald Trump is facing new pressure over his decision to abruptly fire FBI Director James Comey after the New York Times revealed on Friday that the president told Russian officials in the Oval Office last week that Comey's ouster takes "great pressure" off him. The White House has given different versions of the reasons for the dismissal.

The announcement late Friday from committee Chairman Richard Burr, of North Carolina, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat, came hours after the Washington Post reported that the FBI's Russian Federation investigation had identified a senior White House adviser close to the president as a significant person of interest.

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss his role in the investigation probing Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

In a statement Friday evening, the Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Comey has agreed to publicly testify in front of the panel about his role in the Russian Federation investigation.

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Wayne Rooney could also play because he is unlikely to start against Ajax. "I think the players have the desire and mentality". Liverpool host already-relegated Middlesbrough and Manchester City travel to Watford who languish 16th in the standings.

In the days after Comey's firing, some lawmakers, former Justice officials and people who knew Rosenstein wondered if he had been forced to write the politically charged memo for Trump.

Comey is known to produce memos documenting especially sensitive or unsettling encounters, such as after the February meeting.

Pelosi said that Trump has left himself "very vulnerable personally" if he in fact asked Comey to end an investigation of adviser Michael Flynn.

The hearing will be scheduled after Memorial Day.

On May 8, I learned that President Trump meant to remove Director Comey and sought my advice and input.

The New York Times reported that Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week that Comey was a "nut job". "That's taken off." White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the president's rhetoric part of his deal-making.

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He also emphasized that the US has been encouraging China to take "appropriate actions" with regard to its volatile neighbor. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at the Pentagon, Friday, May 19, 2017, to give an update on the Islamic State group.

Asked if he urged Mr Comey at a February meeting to drop his probe of the Russian Federation connections of Mr Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, the president said: "No. No".

"The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it", Spicer said, adding that the real story was the leaks of "private and highly classified conversations".

Two members of the Trump campaign and transition team with reported ties to Russian Federation - former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chair Paul Manafort - are not current White House officials, meaning the Post reporting has identified a new connection.

Initially, the White House argued that Comey was sacked based on the recommendations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo suggesting Comey was unable to continue at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he got the indication from Rosenstein that the special counsel will essentially put Congress's investigations "on the back burner", because Mueller will have priority over key documents and witnesses.

The investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign is now looking into a possible cover-up, according to McClatchy.

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the disturbance, according to a statement from the department. He was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, cited, given a pending court date and released to board his flight to Honolulu.

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