In a move aimed at restoring public faith in the Russian Federation investigation, Rosenstein this week appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head the probe.
"What I learned and I am very satisfied with is that the special prosecutor will have the breadth of scope necessary to follow any and all leads directly and tangential to Russian attempts to influence our election", Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California told reporters after the briefing. And The New York Times said the U.S. president had told top Russian officials Comey's sacking had relieved "great pressure" on him.
"I think majority are ready to flip", one Democratic congressional staffer said of his Republican colleagues this week.
The Washington Post reported Friday that someone close to Trump is.
The Post, citing people familiar with the matter, said the official is someone close to President Donald Trump, but would not further identify the person.
The Friday report comes as Trump embarks on his first overseas trip as president, which includes stops in Israel that the White House has touted as an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations.
President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last Wednesday. The report did not name the adviser.
Trump has called the furore since he fired Comey a "witch hunt" and insisted there was no contact between his campaign and Russian Federation.
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First came that infamous NBC News interview on May 11.
The White House did not dispute the Times reporting on Trump's quote.
Outside Washington, he has sky-high approval ratings - among Republican voters.
"Telling the Russians - the adversary at issue the investigation itself - that firing Comey would ease pressure is compelling evidence of corrupt intent under normal circumstances", said Andrew Wright, an associate professor at Savannah Law School who specializes in federal criminal law and national security.
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. Though the story has evolved over the last few days, Mr. Trump has said that "very strong recommendation from the Deputy Attorney General" played a role in his decision to terminate Comey. That's because Comey, as FBI director, was leading the Russia investigation and had recently announced the probe was targeting alleged Russian ties to Trump's campaign.
Democrats in attendance also contradicted the President's latest narrative for firing James Comey as FBI Director.
"This is blatant", Painter said. So, Comey said, he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the President's hand.
The president's son-in-law initially omitted contacts with foreign leaders from a national security questionnaire, though his lawyer has said publicly he submitted the form prematurely and informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation soon after he would provide an update.
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