The special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election has expanded the inquiry to include examination of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon.
In his testimony on June 8, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believed Trump had fired him over his role as lead of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the US election and Trump campaign associates' possible ties to Russia.
"Once Comey was sacked, Democrats - Schumer and all these other people who were previously very critical of Comey - they flipped on a dime", he observes, "and suddenly Comey was a good guy and Trump was the bad guy. and we saw journalists do the exact same thing".
Former FBI director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.
The back and forth started in August 2015 when Comey announced the FBI was investigating Clinton and her private e-mail server.
Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity responding to a bombshell report claiming President Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice on Wednesday, and called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to resign Wednesday.
The interviews suggest Mueller sees the attempted obstruction of justice question as more than just a "he said, he said" dispute between the president and the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, an official said.Читайте также: Rodman's N. Korea trip off to uncharacteristic low-key start
Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said.
Ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner told reporters that Mr Mueller had briefed senators Wednesday on his work. Instead, experts say the onus would be on Congress to review any findings of criminal misconduct and then decide whether to initiate impeachment proceedings.
Comey's statement before the House Intelligence Committee upset Trump, who has repeatedly denied that any coordination with the Russians took place. A spokesman for Mr Mueller's team declined to comment.
Chatter surfaced earlier this week that the president was considering firing Mueller. But that changed shortly after Trump fired Comey last May, the Post's sources said. "It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey said.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo told CNN.
Republican lawmakers seized on Comey's testimony to point out Trump wasn't in the FBI's crosshairs when Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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