The Trump-Russia probe is now investigating a possible cover-up

Carla Harmon
May 21, 2017

Comey will testify in an open committee session sometime after Memorial Day, the senators said in the statement on Friday, although no date has yet been set.

"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", panel Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement.

In a potential bombshell, the Washington Post reports that investigators are focusing on a current White House official close to Trump as a person of interest in their probe into the administration's ties to Russian Federation.

American press didn't have access to the meeting on May 10 between President Donald Trump and Russian diplomats, but notes from the meeting- apparently distributed to a number of White House and other government officials- were leaked to the New York Times. Later came word that Trump called the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief a "nut job" during meetings with Russian officials. “I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation.

It did not deny the Times report that Trump was critical of Comey to the Russians the day after he fired him.


That flies in the face of the White House's public insistence that Comey's dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation.

"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".

The White House did not dispute the account portrayed, and instead said that the FBI investigation had put unnecessary pressure on the President's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation.

The White House repeated its assertion that a "thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".

The Russian government is accused by U.S. intelligence of trying to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favor.


"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.

Among Trump's senior White House advisers are several former campaign officials, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway.

The FBI's investigation has bedeviled the Trump administration, and the president personally.

The White House originally pointed to a recommendation from acting attorney general Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server as the impetus for his departure. But the president undercut that argument a day later, telling NBC News, "When I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".


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