"I was going to fire regardless of recommendation". "He was insane, a real nutjob", the newspaper reported, referring to a summary of the conversation. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".
He then told the pair, "I'm not under investigation".
Every instance of interaction between Donald Trump and James Comey reads like the kind of situation encountered when looking at a business course in situational ethics - as the example of a very, very bad boss.
Reuters reported yesterday 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.
"No, no. Next question", he replied when a reporter asked whether he had asked then-FBI Director James Comey to back down on the bureau's probe into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump has always denied any connection with Russian Federation and quickly put out a statement following the appointment of Mueller. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was part of the Trump campaign, recused himself from involvement after it became clear that he did not tell the entire truth during his confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian Federation.
The White House also has acknowledged that Kushner met with [Sergey] Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, in late November.
Trump's approval rating continues to slip to 41%.
It's unclear how the White House believes Comey politicized the case, but he testified publicly that the probe was ongoing a week before he was sacked. "Forget about lying about what happens in private conversation".
The setting was a January ceremony to thank law enforcement for their security efforts at the inauguration, said Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Comey friend. "It's essentially an admission". He is a man of honor who will continue to be what he has always been - intelligent, mature and irrefutably honest.
"Walls work. Just as Israel", Trump said, apparently referring to its West Bank barrier.
But building one against Trump might prove even easier than the one Akerman helped build against Nixon. Here it's so much easier.
"Mr. Rosenstein has done the right thing", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on the Senate floor.
The other U.S. Senator from Virginia, Democrat Mark Warner, also plays a key role in the next steps.
House of Representative members described Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's briefing as "very guarded" and "frustratingly cautious", deferring many answers to being under the purview of the recently-appointed special counsel, Robert Mueller. Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota said Rosenstein was asked repeatedly who told him to write it, and he would not say, adding that it was part of Mueller probe.
No less a commentator than Russia's Vladimir Putin called the dramatic charges swirling around Trump evidence of "political schizophrenia spreading in the U.S".
Now that Mueller has been appointed special counsel, I know that I will accept whatever he concludes on the President Trump-Russia matter. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat.
Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation".
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