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20 May 2017, 09:53 | Terri Saunders
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Earlier on Friday, the New York Times reported that Trump told Russian officials the day after he fired Comey that the former FBI director was a "nut job" and he had let him go to take off the "great pressure" around the mounting investigation. That was two days after Rosenstein named Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Burr said the committee wants to hear from Comey on his role in the development of the USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation interfered in last year's election.
"I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country", Trump said.
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House members leaving a briefing by the deputy attorney general on the probe of connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign say they're frustrated at not getting answers. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump has reportedlytold Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office on May 10, the day after he dismissed Comey, according to the document.
The White House repeated its assertion that a "thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".
"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".
Comey's highly-anticipated testimony, which will be slated after the Memorial Day congressional recess, comes after he was sacked by Trump May 9 amid a mounting investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump campaign associates and the country.
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Trump was using a negotiating tactic when he told Russian officials about the "great pressure" he was under, another U.S. official defended the president to the Times, suggesting that Trump's goal was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions on certain issues.
"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself, and the Russians - zero", Trump told reporters.
The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. He said in a statement that Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State group.
Michael Allen, a former senior director on the National Security Council in the George W. Bush White House, said that transcripts of meetings with foreign leaders usually "are treated like the crown jewels". The investigation is now in the hands of a special counsel, as well as multiple congressional committees.
We know Trump is not happy with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign past year.
"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said.
Comey, who headed the FBI's now-criminal investigation into the same events, declined to do so.
The Senate intelligence committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to turn over any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election.
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