White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet

June 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)The White House is letting President Donald Trump’s tweet Thursday — asserting that he had not taped former FBI Director James Comey — stand as the President’s official statement. “In response to the Committee’s inquiry, we refer you to President Trump’s June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter: “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there…

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Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)America is edging ever closer to a new long, national nightmare, given President Donald Trump’s explosive response to signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is approaching the epicenter of White House power. Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him. The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes. The…

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 18, 2017

(CNN)The President’s latest Twitter attack on the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller is likely to claim a new victim: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the lawyer at least nominally in charge of the investigation. Shortly thereafter, the President shocked the nation with the announcement that he had fired the controversial FBI director he had only recently praised. The White House press office immediately pointed to Rosenstein’s detailed memo as…

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In Sessions hearing, GOP senators sought truth, Dems sought to hit Trump

June 15, 2017

(CNN)A generally mild-mannered Jeff Sessions expressed outrage and indignation during his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee hearing on the Russia investigation on Tuesday. Throughout the 2 hour probe, two things became crystal clear: Republican senators want to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election process and Democratic senators are focused on exposing confidential information in an effort to sabotage the Trump presidency. Committee Chairman Richard Burr,…

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House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

June 10, 2017

(CNN)House and Senate investigators fired off a series of requests after former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, seeking memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion — including audio recordings. The leaders of the Senate judiciary’s probe sent Richman the request Thursday and asked he provide it by Friday. A source familiar with the matter said Richman has been…

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Trump, critics gird for long war after Comey’s moment

June 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)The initial shock and awe phase of the great, unresolved Russia election mystery ended with James Comey’s spellbinding testimony. The former FBI chief weaved a devastating picture of a President who is not to be trusted and is straining against the constraints of propriety and the Constitution that define his office. “America is stunned. The cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker,” Senate Minority…

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Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate intelligence committee hearing of former FBI Director James Comey was already going to be a blockbuster before it even started — with Comey stating in pre-written testimony Wednesday that President Donald Trump urged him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. READ: James Comey’s prepared testimony Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House probe, said he wants to know if Trump’s…

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The Trump-Comey relationship: A timeline

June 7, 2017

Washington (CNN)A new chapter is about to be opened in the up-and-down relationship between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsEmail Jeet 2 Whitelabel Email Jeet is your captive desktop autoresponder.FlexSocial Agency FE– 6 IN 1 Social Media Marketing Suite Manage and Mass Automate All Social Media Tasks In One Dashboard Save Time Managing Your Social Media Marketing Get More…

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Comey may find himself boxed in … by himself

June 3, 2017

(CNN)Those waiting for shocking new revelations from James Comey in his congressional testimony next week are likely to be disappointed. After all, Comey is the same 6-foot-8-inch former FBI Director who attempted to “blend in” with the blue drapes during a previous White House visit with his then-boss, President Donald Trump, who fired him last month. Gergen: Invoking executive privilege a mistake NYT reporter: Trump joked about Russia ties More…

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Source: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations

June 1, 2017

(CNN)Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday. Trump calls Russia probe a witch hunt Sources: Congress investigating another Sessions meeting Comey to testify on Trump confrontations House Russia investigators issue…

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REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

May 28, 2017

Trumps advisers are planning to establish a war room to combat mounting questions about communication between Russia and his presidential campaign before and after Novembers presidential election, while bringing new aides into the White House, administration officials and persons close to Trump told Reuters. Upon Trumps return, the administration will add experienced political professionals, including Trumps former campaign manager, and possibly more lawyers to handle the Russia probe, which has…

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‘The Simpsons’ Trolls Trump With A Visit From Nixons Ghost

May 27, 2017

In a new short posted online Friday the cartoon version of Trump attempts to patch things up with fired FBI Director James Comey, whod been leading But their White House bedroom rendezvous is interrupted by a visit from former President Richard Nixons ghost, whothanks Trump for bumping him up in the best president stakes before offering him some sage advice.

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Trump Should Be ‘Scared’ Of Comey Testimony, Says Former FBI Director’s Friend

May 26, 2017

President Donald Trump should be concerned when former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress later this month. That, at least, is the view from a self-described confidant of Comeys, Benjamin Wittes. Wittes spoke to CNNs Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, telling the anchor, I thoughtit was interesting and very telling that he [Comey]declined any opportunity to tell his story in private. He clearly wants to do it in a…

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First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

May 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday. The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey…

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GOP congressman: Comey may break his silence as early as next week

May 20, 2017

(CNN)A Republican congressman said Thursday night that Congress and the nation may be just days away from James Comey breaking his silence after being fired as FBI director by President Donald Trump. A senior GOP source previously told CNN it was unlikely Comey would testify publicly now that former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special counsel for the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian…

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Donald Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment ‘Hurts Our Country Terribly’

May 19, 2017

I believe it hurts our country terribly because it shows were a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country, Trumpsaidin his first public remarks about the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to probe the Russian controversy. And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether its trade deals, whether its military, whether its stopping nuclear all of the things that we discussed today. And I think this shows…

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Besieged at home, Trump sets off for ‘do-or-die’ foreign trip

May 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)Given his current political fortunes, if President Donald Trump’s crucial first foreign trip passes off without a disaster, it will be considered a success. The President embarks on a journey Friday to Saudi Arabia, Israel and global summits in Italy and Belgium, after one of the most tumultuous and damaging weeks any President has had to endure. The appointment of a special counsel to investigate whether there was any…

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Now it’s up to the special counsel

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt…

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Even if Trump obstructed justice, so what?

May 18, 2017

(CNN)This is like a law school exam that never ends. What law did the President break or not break today? Last week, I was uncertain about whether or not President Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey just when the Russia investigation appeared to be heating up. I was still uncertain when it turned out that Trump fired Comey, at least in part, because he was…

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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)America faces a fateful choice: Does it believe Donald Trump or James Comey? A theatrical showdown is now looming between the President with a hazy relationship with the truth and the FBI director he fired, whose finely tuned sense of his own integrity has often steered him into rocky political waters. The epic head-to-head was set up by stunning allegations that in February Trump pressured Comey to shut down…

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James Clapper: Defending democracy from Trump

May 16, 2017

(CNN)Last week, when he testified before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee, James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, had the disposition of someone who looked like he had retired for a reason and planned to go straight back. He made his points, answered many questions and perhaps hoped that would be the end of his contribution on the Trump/Russia story. There should be little doubt that the extraordinary days that followed…

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