He assured Democratic Sen.
The next day, October 28, Mr. Comey sent his letter to the Congress announcing that the FBI was reopening the Clinton email investigation. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign a year ago. Trump later said he had already made a decision to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's memo, which the deputy attorney general confirmed to Congress this week.
The senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee says the panel should request White House documents related to the May 10 Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian officials - and subpoena them if necessary.
The latest bombshell to strike the White House came Friday when The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump told Russian officials that firing FBI Director James Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him.
Although he piled on Comey in the memo and called for new leadership, he stopped short of calling for his firing.
A couple of minutes after 3 p.m., the Washington Post followed up with a potentially even more problematic story: It said a current White House official had become a significant person of interest in the Russia-releated investigation, as the probe reaches into the highest levels of government. It was an apparent effort to prepare for the still-distant possibility they will need to defend the president from a move to oust him.
While there has been a loud public debate in recent days over the question of whether the president might have attempted to obstruct justice in his private dealings with Comey, who Trump fired last week, sources said investigators on the case are more focused on Russian influence operations and possible financial crimes. This could implicate Jared Kushner, as he's the only senior White House advisor now known to have had contact with Russian officials. The newspaper cited people familiar with the matter. The adviser under scrutiny is not named, but described as someone close to Trump.
Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have acknowledged contacts with Russian officials.
The document was read to the Times by one official, and a second official confirmed broad strokes of the discussion, the newspaper said. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the report.
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"On May 8, I learned that President Trump meant to remove Director Comey and sought my advice and input", Rosenstein said. Then, Trump undermined his own staff by telling NBC's Lester Holt, in an interview on May 11, that he was going to fire Comey "regardless of recommendation".
Trump, who on Friday left for his first foreign trip, has slammed the appointment of a special counsel as a politically motivated "witch hunt". I strongly disagreed with his explanations, particularly his assertion that maintaining confidentiality about criminal investigations constitutes concealment. Joe Lieberman was among his top choices.
His eight-day odyssey across the Middle East and Europe is packed with crucial sit-downs with key allies.
At the time, the White House distributed the memo written by Rosenstein, which was dated May 9.
As he dug in his heels, he further muddied his explanation of why he dismissed Mr Comey - and in doing so, offered a different version of events from one briefed to senators just hours earlier by Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein.
The Justice Department on Friday released the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn't reciprocate. Notwithstanding my personal affection for Director Comey, I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader. I also asked several other career Department attorneys to review the memorandum and provide edits.
Things have become bad enough that White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures, CNN reported.
This can't mean that Rosenstein believes that his memo really was the reason that Trump dismissed Director Comey, because Trump has already admitted otherwise.
'Yes, ' Durbin said, asked whether Rosenstein knew Comey was getting fired before he wrote it.
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