Trump says he fired Comey because of Clinton investigation

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Trump's terse denial followed reports by Reuters and other media about a memo written by Comey alleging that Trump made the request to close down the investigation into Michael Flynn and Russian Federation in February. Trump fired Comey on May 9.

They included media reports that Trump discussed sensitive intelligence on the ISIS militant group with Russia's foreign minister. "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Wednesday made the surprise decision to appoint former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russian probe, yesterday directly contradicted Trump's claim that his memo outlining Comey's failings was a reason for Comey's ouster last week.

Why did Justice Dept appoint a Special Counsel? Trump wrote on Thursday morning.

There will likely be a warm reception waiting for him in Israel and Saudi Arabia, where he has two key things going for him: he isn't Barack Obama, who was widely disliked there by the end of his presidency, and he has taken a hard line on Iran. Trump tweeted Thursday that he's facing "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" But Louisiana's lone Democrat in Congress, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, disagreed and said an independent commission needs to be called in.

Sen. John McCain invoked Watergate in describing the escalating controversy surrounding alleged ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. Trump has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory over Clinton. Trump waited 18 days until firing Flynn.

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Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named Mueller amid mounting pressure in Congress for an independent investigation beyond existing FBI and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue. "I think it's a very hard challenge and I hope he's going to talk to a lot of smart people".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a couple times this week for "a little less drama from the White House, so that we can focus on our agenda". One of the attendees, speaking on condition of anonymity, described Rosenstein as anxious and nervous and said he drank multiple glasses of water "and spilled one". "To the extent the prior administration's records of interactions with Mr. Comey about these topics may now be housed at the National Archives or elsewhere, we ask that you make the relevant personnel there aware of the request and authorize them to release the records to the committee", the letter reads. Law enforcement officials tell NBC that Manafort and Flynn "are formally considered "subjects" of a criminal investigation".

Knight said he wants a special prosecutor to take over the FBI's investigation. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about director Comey", he said. He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.

"I do believe that there are very serious and legitimate concerns to any version of tax reform, and we're going to have to accommodate those concerns as we move to a new tax system", Ryan said.

Comey told Trump he should not contact him directly about FBI investigations but follow procedure and have the White House counsel ask the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, the Times reported.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, expressed outrage Thursday at video that appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest earlier this week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

A number of Democratic lawmakers made less direct threats, saying if what has been reported is true it is obstruction of justice.

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