The White House was rocked by a further revelation Friday, when reports emerged that Trump said his sacking of FBI director James Comey has relieved "great pressure" on him caused by the Russian Federation investigation. The Times reported Trump noted the Russia investigation as he told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak of his decision to fire Comey.
A memo by fired FBI Director Comey alleged Trump even asked that the probe into Flynn be shut down. He was insane, a real nut job. And yet, here we're confronted with fresh evidence to the contrary - with Trump admitting to Russian officials that he dismissed Comey because of the "pressure" caused by the Russia scandal.
A USA official read notes taken of the conversation to The Times' reporters. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the overall accuracy of the document and its contents.
So far, President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, have been the public centers of the investigation.
Rosenstein's appearance in the Senate was originally meant to allow him to explain why Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey last week, but the focus changed when Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel Wednesday night. "Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations". Mark Warner, announced Friday that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee.
Spicer offered a new explanation for the firing, saying that Trump had been trying to improve relations with Russia-and Comey got in the way.
That statement would constitute the most direct admission by Trump that he had fired Comey in an attempt to impact the investigation.More news: HTC Vive reveals standalone VR headset
The reports came just as Trump flew to Saudi Arabia to kick off his first foreign trip as U.S. leader-highlighting how the controversy over his team's alleged links to Moscow is dogging his fledgling presidency. Comey will certainly be asked about encounters that precipitated his firing, including a January dinner in which, Comey has told associates, Trump asked for his loyalty.
Trump has said repeatedly that he is not personally under investigation.
Rosenstein was testifying to both chambers about his role in the firing of Comey by President Donald Trump on May 9. As the White House simultaneously attempts to stem a series of scandalous, outgoing leaks, and field an incoming barrage of criticism and cries for impeachment, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former F.B.I. chief Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
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"He needs a good lawyer, someone who is strong, not that he would go against the lawyer's advice, but everybody should have a lawyer who sees things through and comes up with good advice", said Jay Goldberg, who represented Trump from 1990 to 2005, including during his two divorces and other high-profile cases.
Trump referred to Comey's testimony at a recent Capitol Hill hearing, after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his testimony regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices.
Trump last week fired Comey from his role as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.