But President Donald Trump's newest week-long initiative could very well be derailed and plagued, once again, by a top law enforcement official's testimony amid continued swirls of the investigation into his campaign's alleged links to Russian Federation.
Trump's offer to testify heightens the drama of his standoff with Comey, who told senators that Trump had demanded his personal loyalty and had pressured him to drop a counterintelligence investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday boasted of the GOP's accomplishments under Trump thus far, and promised more to come, making no mention of Comey in a speech. After dodging the question the first time, Trump was pressed again, saying he wasn't hinting at the presence of recordings. I'll go out on a limb and say it's highly unlikely Mueller saw the Comey hearing as exonerating Trump of obstruction of justice. Trumpsaid that he would be 100 percent willing to testify under oath.
Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May, did not make any major disclosures about any links between Trump or his associates and alleged Russian meddling. All of this was surely in Comey's mind when Trump allegedly expressed his hope. "I mean, I will tell you, I didn't say that", Trump replied. Comey went along with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's request to hide the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton, and later made the extraordinary recommendation not to prosecute her, because he did not want the public to blame him or the FBI for destroying her election prospects. After Trump's tweet, Comey said he couldn't stay silent.
At a news conference Friday, Trump had an entirely different version of events than Comey's, denying he asked for loyalty. He also said that Comey admitted giving to his friends the memos of conversations, one of which was classified.
"I think he was exonerated", GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Friday of Trump.
He said the FBI became "aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make (Sessions') continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic". From outside the hearing room, talk about how Trump is "new" to Washington, and "all New Yorkers talk this way" (like mobsters?) was being road-tested by Speaker Paul Ryan, who may never grow a spine, and Gov. Now, before he even testifies, the focus is both on Sessions and whether or not he would appear before the TV cameras like former FBI Director James Comey did last week, when 19.5 million Americans watched.
Moreover, the special counsel that was appointed was - coincidentally? - one of Comey's long-time associates, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director when Comey was Deputy Attorney General. "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trumpwrote, suggesting that Comey had committed perjury.
"Nobody knows the system better than I do".
But later, Comey said that he had hoped to "prompt the appointment of a special counsel" for reasons that had nothing to do with Russian Federation.
Faced with this reality, Trump's apologists argue that an FBI investigation of potentially illegal presidential conduct is not a "proceeding" subject to federal obstruction-of-justice statutes.
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The Prime Minister also strongly pitched for enhancing connectivity without impinging on sovereignty and territorial integrity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi , who attended the summit, thanked SCO member countries for giving support to India's induction.
Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller. "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without cause", he added . Spicer had said that Ruddy was at the White House Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president.
Hate crimes against Muslims have increased 60 percent, according to the latest figures released Tuesday by Statistics Canada . These findings are included in the new Juristat article "Police-reported hate crime in Canada, 2015" released on Tuesday.
Qatar Airways offices were closed in Saudi Arabia and the UAE . "Victimising Qatar through smear campaigns serves no objective ". Al-Baker also criticised US President Donald Trump for comments he has made linking Qatar to supporting terror.
British officials have suggested they won't be able to formally start Brexit negotiations next week as planned. May said the timetable for Brexit negotiations remained on course with talks due to start next week.
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But, sources said, the Credit Protocol, or a line of credit that Russian Federation was to provide, proved to be a hurdle. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which will be attended by thousands of business leaders from across the globe.
That was a change in tone for the central bank, which said earlier in 2017 that rate cuts remained on the table. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 was flat at 19,912.60 and South Korea's Kospi rose 0.6 percent to 2,372.60.
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Solving the New York Mets' third base dilemma
The batter was initially called out, but the call was reversed after an umpire conference because of Rule 6.01 (d), which states. Met turned nasty Wednesday night, flipping the bird to some fans during the team's 7-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field .
How the U.S. secured Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea
Secretary of State Tillerson said the State Department is continuing to discuss three other detained Americans with North Korea. Fowle left a Bible in a local club hoping a North Korean would find it, which is considered a criminal offense in North Korea.
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Griffiths failed to score on his previous 12 appearances for his country, but broke the drought in spectacular style. There is certainly a lot to build on and a lot of confidence to take into the next game.
Who can fire special counsel Robert Mueller?
Also, Ruddy said, Mueller was considered for Federal Bureau of Investigation director before he was appointed special counsel. That showed that Trump is not one to be impeded by political protocol - Comey's 10-year term wasn't set to expire until 2023.