Rod Rosenstein: Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump wanted James Comey gone

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"I just got a message from the president to stay strong", Flynn told his friends at a restaurant in northern Virginia late last month, according to Yahoo News. And yet, here we're confronted with fresh evidence to the contrary - with Trump admitting to Russian officials that he dismissed Comey because of the "pressure" caused by the Russia scandal. But he added, "I wrote it".

President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last Wednesday. "Moreover, the White House has not ruled out the possibility of using the rule to challenge Mueller's findings in court, should the investigation lead to prosecution".

For nearly twenty-four hours, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's two-page "report" on James Comey stood as the preferred White House excuse for why FBI Director.

The Times cited notes from a May 10 Oval Office meeting, the day after Trump fired Comey. It says one official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

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.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia", Spicer said.

The memo focuses on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures.

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Comey turned down an invitation to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". "I also expect Director Comey will be able to shed light on issues critical to this Committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election".

Rosenstein briefed senators Thursday, just a week after Trump's stunning decision to fire Comey. The meeting ignited further controversy this week, when it was revealed that Trump had disclosed intelligence from an Israeli counterterrorism operation. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign a year ago.

The president has been adamant that the meddling did not alter the outcome of the race, but it has become a political cudgel for his opponents.

But it was still an open question whether Comey would appear publicly, and many lawmakers began to doubt he would testify after the Justice Department named Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate allegations of collusion between Russian officials and Trump campaign aides in Moscow's efforts to influence the election.

President Donald Trump is denying that his campaign collaborated with Russian Federation or that he tried to kill an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the issue. Trump has denied any collusion and called the case a waste of money and time.

Remember, when Trump fired the then-FBI director, the official White House line was that the president's decision was unrelated to the investigation into the Russian Federation scandal, which Comey was overseeing.

If the department did not grant a waiver, Mueller would be barred from investigating Kushner or Manafort, and this could greatly diminish the scope of the probe, experts said.

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