Comey Agrees To Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he suggested.

"I don't know more about the firing of Comey and the Russian Federation investigation", Sen.

"He knew that Comey was going to be removed prior to him writing his memo", McCaskill told reporters, according to Fox News.

But Trump nearly immediately undermined that explanation in an interview with NBC News, saying, "Regardless of the recommendation I was going to fire Comey". That's increased the appetite on Capitol Hill to hear directly from Comey himself.

During his late afternoon press conference in the White House he took a slightly more measured approach.

Democrats said the new stories underscore their belief that Trump fired Comey in order to shut down the Russian Federation probe.

The Justice Department on Friday distributed prepared remarks that Rosenstein delivered to Congress in separate briefings. "It renewed my confidence that we should have no confidence in this Administration".

"At some point, we get to a place where we've got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about, and I don't think this is it", she said.

Yesterday, shortly before Mr Trump's press conference at the White House, Mr Rosenstein briefed the entire USA senate on Capitol Hill, a previously-scheduled engagement.

Trump on Thursday also defended his Comey decision and took aim at the former bureau boss' credibility and popularity.

Rosenstein briefed senators on Thursday, but made no public comments.

"My memorandum is not a finding of official misconduct", Rosenstein wrote. "I strongly disagreed with his analysis, but I believe that he made his decisions in good faith".

No date has been set as yet for Comey's public appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but it likely will be next month, the committee said.

"Rosenstein testimony to Senate was profoundly disturbing", Sen.

The naming of Mueller as special counsel comes a week after Trump abruptly fired James Comey, the man who succeeded him as FBI Director.

Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment.

Trump said he was justified in canning Comey, despite the complaints he's received from Democrats and Republicans over the timing.

In Rosenstein's meetings with lawmakers, he reiterated the scathing critique laid out in his memo concerning Comey's handling of the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server, including Comey's July news conference announcing that the FBI would not recommend charges.

Mr Trump, a Republican, has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory, and has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

Trump acknowledged in his interview with NBC that "the Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he chose to fire Comey, leading to questions about whether he fired Comey to impede the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Many members left saying Mr. Rosenstein was withholding information they deemed critical.

But Rosenstein did not disclose further details about the memo he wrote, according to House members on Friday.

The president repeated his denial of involvement with Russia during Thursday's press conference, saying, "There's been no collusion between certainly myself - and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians".

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