McMaster doesn't deny that Trump called Comey a "nut job"

Lauren Perry
May 22, 2017

"I just fired the head of the F.B.I".

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's testimony is sure to create a circus-like scene at the Capitol given all of the questions regarding his interactions with Trump.

While the gravity of the investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation has escalated with the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, impeachment remains a long shot, especially given the GOP control of both the House and Senate.

Comey was sacked on May 9 in the midst of an investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election and the alleged ties between Trump campaign and Moscow officials. The New York Times reported a couple days after the firing that Trump demanded Comey pledge his loyalty during a private dinner in January, an account that Trump has partially denied, with the irresistible addendum that were he to have done that it wouldn't have been unethical.

Former FBI director James Comey will testify publicly about his role in the investigation into Russian meddling in the election and any possible connections to the campaign of President Donald Trump, the Senate Intelligence Committee has announced. He had to subsequently re-file the forms disclosing his meetings with Russian officials. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer has called the president's rhetoric part of his deal-making, contending that Comey had created "unnecessary pressure" on Trump's ability to negotiate with Russian Federation on a range of issues. Since then, a muddle of conflicting explanations have emerged from the Trump White House as to how this decision was made.

Chaffetz said he expects to speak with Comey on Monday and that if there are any notes of White House meetings, "we're certainly pursuing them".

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The statements are now being construed by legal pundits as being self-incriminatory in any obstruction of justice proceedings that could lead to an impeachment.

"I'm nearly speechless, because I don't know why someone would say something like that", McCain said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday".

The Justice Department on Friday released the text of Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.

However, a White House official denied the report saying "it's not true" that the lawyers are researching impeachment procedures.

Referring to the whole sequence of events leading to Comey's firing, Cummings added: "I think that there may be quite a few people that may have some problems with the law".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstsein wrote a letter on Wednesday tasking Mueller with investigating links 'between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump'.

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