Comey was flustered by Trump, friend of former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief says


Comey was flustered by Trump, friend of former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief says

If President Donald Trump was hoping to head out on his first big foreign trip with turmoil calmed at home, he's going to have a disappointing Air Force One departure on Friday. However, at a combative news conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office. Comey was standing in the room during the event and tried to camouflage himself, Wittes said, so that Mr. Trump wouldn't notice him. Even his enemies, Trump declared, recognize his innocence. "I don't think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today".

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in open session before one of the legislative committees investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation, committee leaders announced Friday.

Rosenstein was returning to the Capitol on Friday for another closed-door session, this time with all members of the House. Mr. Hosko said. "I'm looking at Jim Comey as a witness and his reports as evidence, so I'd be inclined to try and shut that down". Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman was seen as the front-runner.

Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. In one, Comey reportedly wrote that Trump said he hoped he would drop an investigation into his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who had resigned a day earlier.

He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to former Democratic President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, said Rosenstein was asked about the timeline of the firing and essentially replied, "Let the record speak for itself".

Another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous.

Trump later told news anchors at the White House that Mueller's appointment was a "very, very negative thing", adding: "I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".

Trump has said he plans to nominate a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director soon, and that had been expected before his departure. Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed - as recently as Thursday - to the "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein.

An anonymous source told the Post that Rosenstein was upset at the White House for initially saying his memo was the reason Comey was sacked, and threatened to resign if that narrative was not changed.

Comey's dismissal last week set off a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Asked about possible obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel would "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point".