Ex-FBI chief Comey to testify in US Congress

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"He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to a document summarizing the meeting read to the Times. "That's taken off", he said.

The NY Times cited a document read to the paper by an American official.

Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Committee, hoped that Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since he was sacked by Trump last week.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement, "As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

Wittes, who was raised Jewish and attended religious day school, dished about Comey's discomfort with Trump's attempts to court him and pressure him into shutting down investigations into ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation.

In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington.

With the president departing on Friday afternoon for the first foreign visit of his presidency, focus was turning to the scope and nature of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the United States election and links between the president's election campaign team and the Kremlin. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.

The exchange supports claims that Trump sacked Comey over the bureau's probe into possible collusion between the real estate mogul's campaign and Moscow. He did not provide examples or evidence of any alleged "illegal acts".

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Missouri's U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is being very vocal after a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein yesterday.

What's more, it now appears this investigation has expanded to involve an individual who currently holds a senior post within the White House, not just an ex-aide (Michael Flynn) or campaign official (Paul Manafort).

In a written statement, Trump insisted anew there were no nefarious ties between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Initially Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Robert Fiske to be special prosecutor to look into the matter, but Fiske would be replaced by Kenneth Starr.

Despite such frustrations, members agreed that Rosenstein had received a warm reception from both Republicans and Democrats at the meeting, a development that they said showed not only praise for his selection of Mueller to oversee the probe but also a recognition that Republican resistance to an independent probe was futile.

The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president.

In meetings behind closed doors with politicians on Thursday and Friday, Mr Rosenstein said he wrote the memo after Mr Trump told him one day before the 9 May sacking that he wanted to dismiss Mr Comey.

And at the Department of Education, a sprawling bureaucracy of 4,400 employees with a $68 billion budget, "all the key roles except for the secretary remain empty or filled with people in an acting capacity", said a Department of Education official. During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced. "And they can not believe what they're finding", he said.