10 questions James Comey is likely to face

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And Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.

The GOP leaders had huddled at the White House to chart a way forward on two big-ticket legislative items that have stalled in Congress, tax and health care reform.

Trump has also said that Comey assured him on numerous occasions that he was not personally being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told the Post that Trump is "infuriated at a deep-gut, personal level" with the media for covering the Russian Federation story, and for praising Comey after Trump's decision to fire him. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

It was not immediately clear when the conversation occurred.

Trump has made a blanket claim that Comey told him multiple times that he was not under investigation.

But Comey would be hard-pressed to allege obstruction of justice since he never reported it to DOJ (as far as we know) or in prior congressional testimony. "However, he has never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations". Republicans say that pushback from Democrats is also slowing down the White House agenda. The 30-second spot is slated to run digitally on Wednesday and appear the next day on CNN and Fox News. An RNC research email Monday issued a challenge to the lawmakers who will question Comey.

The appearance will mark Mr Comey's first public comments since Mr Trump abruptly sacked him last month.

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So the logical path for Comey is to say he was uncomfortable, but avoid assigning intent to Trump's actions. It has $400,000 behind it, the group said.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference announced Tuesday that the president had agreed to address the annual gathering Thursday.

Comey's testimony, though still days away, has already garnered considerable attention and threatened to deepen the White House's problem of continued investigations.

But one source said Comey is expected to explain to senators that those were much more nuanced conversations from which Trump concluded that he was not under investigation.

Trump also said that Kushner would spearhead efforts to negotiate a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians, and he's taken on a number of other foreign policy portfolios, including the job of mending the now-rocky ties with Mexico.

"If we feel he crosses a line, we'll fire back", said Ed Rollins, chief strategist of Great America PAC, the political arm of the group airing the Comey ad.

He said the White House has "improved" its communications with surrogates, starting with the president's recent trip overseas, and frequently holds call-ins to discuss what story lines they'd like to push.

"I assume they'll do the same thing with this", Rollins said of the Comey hearing.

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