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Trump denies Comey allegations, collusion with Russian Federation

19 Mai 2017

Trump was speaking amid reports that he appealed to then FBI Director James Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn earlier this year.

Sen. Charles Grassley, the chairman of the committee, and Democratic Sen.

"Comey was very unpopular", Trump said.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last week, detailed his conversation with the president in the memo immediately after the meeting, said the report. "I don't think I know of any member I've talked to publicly or privately - Democrat or Republican - that doesn't think that Jim Comey deserves a chance to tell his side of the story".

The Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Gen. Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving Gen. Flynn", the White House said in a written statement.

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Trump criticized Comey for a recent performance testifying to Congress and said Comey's replacement is "going to be outstanding". Lieberman spent 24 years in the Senate, entering as a Democrat in 1989 and leaving as an Independent in 2013.

FBI Director James B. Comey appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, May 3, in Washington. Trump pulled Comey aside after a national security meeting and urged him to "let this go", according to individuals who have seen the memo.

Trump spoke alongside Colombian President Juan Santos - though the progress made during a work session at the White House between representatives of the two countries took a back seat to the wave of political controversies blanketing the Trump administration. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, tweeted he has his "subpoena pen ready". Dianne Feinstein of California wrote the Justice Department and the White House on Wednesday seeking documents.

According to the Times, the White House has declined to comment on whether transition officials were aware of the Flynn investigation before Trump's inauguration.

President Donald Trump didn't appear to break any law by sharing highly classified information with Russian Federation, but that doesn't make it any less problematic for America's intelligence agencies and their overseas partners.

Mike Flynn resigned as national security advisor to Trump when it was discovered that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about a meeting he had with a Russian ambassador.

Trump denies Comey allegations, collusion with Russian Federation