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Comey asked Sessions to run interference with White House

Danilo Martir | 07 Junio, 2017, 15:07

"Absolutely", Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIntel hearing becomes curtain-raiser for Comey Senate panel approves controversial Interior nominee Bring real consumer choice back to Medicare Part D MORE (D-W.Va.) said when asked if the focus would be Trump and Russian Federation, not the surveillance law.

Two days after that, Comey approached Sessions and said he didn't want to be left alone with the president again, sources told The New York Times.

Trump has made a blanket claim that Comey told him multiple times that he was not under investigation.

It was not immediately clear when the conversation occurred.

Brian P. Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), declined to comment on whether Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey regarding the Flynn investigation. He said Sessions "doesn't believe it's appropriate to respond to media inquiries on matters that may be related to ongoing investigations".

Meanwhile, Trump's White House and its allies are crafting a strategy aimed at undermining Comey's credibility.

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The appearance was also notable for misstatements Comey made, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation later corrected, about top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, on whose laptop the Clinton emails were found.

An ad created by the pro-Trump Great America Alliance - a nonprofit "issues" group that isn't required to disclose its donors - casts Comey as a "showboat" who was "consumed with election meddling" instead of focusing on combating terrorism.

The spot will air on national television during the hearing, and on digital platforms before then.

Days after announcing in unusually public fashion the FBI's decision not to recommend charges in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Comey faced almost five hours of often-contentious questioning about how he had reached his conclusion.

USA eavesdropping showed Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US before Trump took office in January.

Comey is due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow about his encounters with Trump in the weeks before his May 9 firing, and his conversation with Sessions could come up at the hearing.

Jeff Sessions offered to resign as attorney general after drawing Trump's ire
Trump's executive order that banned travel from seven predominately Muslim nations was blocked by federal judges in February. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment to NPR's Carrie Johnson on the reports, which NPR has not confirmed.

Hosko, now president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, said he doesn't expect Comey to bring to the hearing detailed memos he wrote after his meetings with Trump. He has already coordinated his testimony with Robert Mueller, another former FBI chief who's now special counsel in charge of the Russian investigations, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity in advance of the hearing. It has $400,000 behind it, the group said.

White House officials had weighed trying to block Comey from testifying on Thursday by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference announced Tuesday that the president had agreed to address the annual gathering Thursday.

"The President has said in his own words that he fired Mr. Comey to make the investigation go away", said Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.

He attended a briefing at the White House along with officials from other government agencies, and according to the Washington Post, as the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"I hope people don't over interpret my answers, but I just don't want to start talking about anything - what we're looking at and how", Comey says. "And so far, I don't see a lot of fight", said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign aide.

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He said police are investigating when the militants infiltrated into Kashmir Valley from Pakistan. Bhatnagar interacted with 45 Battalion CRPF Sumbal, Cheetahs of 45 and 44th Battalion.

"I assume they'll do the same thing with this", Rollins said of the Comey hearing.

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