President Donald Trump listened as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday.
Trump also said he was close to selecting a new FBI director to replace Comey, and that former senator and one-time Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman was among the top candidates.Trump's latest comments stood in contrast to his measured statement on Wednesday night after the announcement of Mueller's appointment, when he said "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity."Democrats rejected Trump's characterization".
Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". Trump said, so that he can focus on issues like jobs, the military, and health care.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the memo.
The press conference was also one of Trump's last opportunities to speak on the record to the American media before his first trip overseas as president later this week. Reuters reported on Thursday that Flynn and other Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the presidential race.
As conservative writers - such as Ross Douthat - begin to discuss President Donald Trump's potential impeachment, right-wing media behemoth Fox News is still trying to provide cover for the White House. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Trump had not passed on any secrets to Lavrov. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment". A Comey associate was quite specific to the Wall Street Journal: "Comey was careful not to release information to the president about the ongoing probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the US election because he believed doing so would cross ethical and legal boundaries".
"The documentation of Mr. Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation".
Republican US Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of a House of Representatives oversight committee, said his committee "is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists".
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The Senate intelligence committee today asked Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.
But the possible existence of a trove of Comey memos may be the real story here.
Kislyak was with Lavrov at the White House when Trump disclosed the sensitive information. Mark Warner, as well as asking Comey to testify.
Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.
Revelations that Comey - whom Trump abruptly fired last week - kept detailed notes of his past meetings with Trump roiled Washington politics this week. But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing. And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden ouster was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's meddling in the campaign.
"We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo", said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.
The newspaper said Comey was in the Oval Office that day with other national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing.
"It's the whole pattern here, it's firing Comey and also directing him to end the investigation against Flynn, all of these things are done because he wants to stop an investigation from reaching the highest echelons of the administration and possibly him personally", Ohlin said. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.
U.S. intelligence agencies said earlier this year that Russian Federation interfered in the United States election.