Trump says he would be willing to testify under oath


How many United States investigations are there into Russian election meddling?

Trump could face even more problems over the coming months if the stream of details leaking out about the Russian Federation investigation continues to grab the spotlight at a time when the White House wants to focus on priorities such as rolling back the Obamacare healthcare law and overhauling the tax code. And the memos themselves are now in the hands of the Justice Department's special counsel, Robert Mueller. "All these acts together - including and most significantly firing the man in charge of the investigation - was [Trump] doing that because he wanted to influence the investigation because he didn't like the way it was going?"

He has not taken a clear public position.

"The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there's not tapes", Comey recalled.

In response to questions from senators, Comey repeatedly cast Trump as a boss or "patron" trying to secure his loyalty, something that Comey said made him "uneasy".

Mr. Comey said Mr. Trump never asked him to end the Russian Federation probe, and while Mr. Comey felt pressure to end his look at Mr. Flynn, the president never specifically ordered him to do so. Comey injected a moment of levity, exclaiming, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes!".

No testimony featuring Comey would be complete without talking about Hillary Clinton's emails and his decision to make that knowledge public. "We will leave it [to] the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks [sic] should be investigated along with all those others being investigated".

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And then, when Comey appeared Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he was treated in a way that was reminiscent of how the Senate Judiciary Committee treated Anita Hill so many years ago, when she alleged sexual harassment by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. One month later, that fired investigator, former FBI head James Comey, appeared before the hearing to describe an executive branch that operates less like a democratic institution and more like a cross between a Mafia shakedown and an audition for The Apprentice. Wray will need Senate confirmation.

Ousted FBI Director James Comey was so concerned President Donald Trump "might lie" about their conversations that he wrote memos describing their meetings in detail.

He also said since he delivered his strong rebuke to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, money "is starting to pour in" to NATO's coffers, presumably from members behind on their dues.

After reading quotes from Feinstein, Cotton asked Comey, "Do you have any reason to doubt those statements?".

As per usual with things Trump, Washington reaction to Comey's testimony was split along partisan lines.

He also said Trump's comments after firing him on May 9 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in disarray and that its members had lost confidence in Comey "were lies, plain and simple".

Much of what Comey had to say about Trump's behavior-such as the Oval Office meeting where the president asked him to ease up on Flynn and the demand for loyalty-had already been previewed in the press. "There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping, '" Trump said.

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In his opening remarks to senators, Comey emphatically disagreed.

And at the very end of the hearing, Comey explained his understanding of Trump's reminder that he had treated Comey well and that Trump expected the same in return. The ad claims Comey was "consumed with election meddling" at the expense of fighting terrorism. Similarly, Comey didn't take a position on whether he was sacked to stop the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, but laid down a trail leading there.

Flynn was sacked in February. It was on February 14, the day after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about talking to Russian contacts. Jim Risch (R) of Idaho, a member of the Senate intelligence committee. He provided the first batch on June 6. Rosenstein's selection won applause from Congress and Justice Department veterans, who said Mueller would do the job without fear or favor.

With a special counsel afoot, everything is fair game.

Is Trump himself under investigation?

Easing months of speculation, Comey confirmed that Trump was not personally under investigation when he left the FBI last month. Shedding the image she had as California attorney general for being overly cautious, Harris introduced herself to a worldwide audience as a former prosecutor and immediately seemed to compare Trump's conduct to an armed felon.

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