Day: August 17, 2017

Fired FBI Chief James Comey To Publicly Testify Russian Interference In US Elections

Fired FBI Chief James Comey To Publicly Testify Russian Interference In US Elections

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Fired FBI Chief James Comey To Publicly Testify Russian Interference In US Elections

WASHINGTON: James Fowey, former FBI chief fired by President Donald Trump agreed to publicly testify about Russia’s interference in US elections, as new charges have increased pressure on the American leader.

At an Oval Office meeting with former Russian officials last week, Trump Comey calls a “crackpot” and said the intelligence chief was relieved “great pressure” on him, the New York Times reported.

The exchange is consistent with allegations that Trump returned Comey in the probe’s office in a possible collusion between the real estate mogul’s campaign and Moscow.

The Washington Post said the FBI has identified an unnamed senior White House official as an “important person of interest” in investigating Russia’s interference in the presidential election in 2016.

The reports came as Trump headed to Saudi Arabia to launch his first foreign trip as US leader – to highlight that the controversy over his team’s alleged ties to Moscow endangers his presidential presidency.

Comey testified at a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Commission sometime after the memorial vacation on May 29, but a date has not been established.

The former FBI chief has not spoken publicly since his surprise fired last week.

“I hope it will be clarified for the American events of recent events that have been widely reported in the media,” panel chair Richard Burr said in a statement.

Senior Democrat deputy to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said he expected Comey “to bring to light issues critical to the Committee’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.”

However, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said that Comey rejected his invitation to testify before the panel of the circumstances surrounding his sudden withdrawal.

“We are very disappointed with James Comey’s decision not to voluntarily testify before the Judiciary Committee,” said President Chuck Grassley and the best Democrat on the panel, Dianne Feinstein urging him to reconsider Comey.

“There is no reason why he can testify before the intelligence committees and the judiciary … Given his commitment to the people and the FBI’s mission, we expected him to meet with senators tasked with checking his next proposed leader.”

The White House was thrown into chaos by a string of accusations against this week’s impressive president, including that he may have obstructed justice by asking Comey to file an investigation into one of his top aides.
– Moscow ties under the microscope –

The latest report from the Post, citing unidentified sources familiar with the investigation, jeopardizing Trump’s insistence that his campaign had nothing to do with the Kremlin.

Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about a phone call with the Russian ambassador.
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The president’s son, Jared Kushner, is among those whose contacts with the Russian government have been scrutinized.

“It was crazy, a real heath job,” Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week, according to the Times, citing the meeting’s notes and reading the paper by an official from the United States .

“I faced a lot of pressure because of Russia. It was eliminated.”

He faces public insistence from the White House that Comey’s dismissal was unrelated to the ongoing investigation.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not question the timing.

Russian intercepts suggest that Russian officials said they had established such a strong relationship with Flynn that they could use it to influence Trump and his closest circle, CNN reported.

He quoted administration officials and former officials as saying that US intelligence leaders were so concerned about the talks between Flynn and the Russians that they limited the amount of sensitive information they shared with him.

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