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White House, allies scramble for ways to counter Comey

07 June 2017

In that testimony, according to the person familiar with Comey's preparations, the former director also intends to refute Trump's previous assertions that Comey assured him three times that the president was not a subject of the FBI's wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, who sought to influence the election by hacking Democratic political organizations.

According to the Post, Coats attended a White House briefing with several other officials from government agencies.

"My hope will be that Admiral Rogers and Director Coats won't try to hide behind executive privilege. about the press reports about the president asking them to downplay the Russian Federation investigation", Warner said. By the time Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey last month, Mr. Comey had disclosed the meeting to a few of his closest advisers but nobody at the Justice Department, according to the officials, who did not want to be identified discussing Mr. Comey's interactions with Mr. Trump and Mr. Sessions. Eric Trump told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that the story was "the greatest hoax of all time".

Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to USA intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign. Among those stalwart internet warriors: President Donald Trump. There's bipartisan agreement, the email says, that Comey "needs to answer a simple question about his conversations with President Trump: If you were so concerned, why didn't you act on it or notify Congress?". The White House said he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts Flynn had with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, before Trump took office.

The incidents suggest that Trump may not have appreciated the traditional barriers meant to insulate the intelligence agencies from politics.

Talking points shared by the RNC will focus in part on pushing the message that both Republicans and Democrats had previously lost confidence in the ex-FBI director, urging Trump surrogates to parrot Democrats' criticism of Comey before his firing.

Comey testifies before Congress, confirming that the FBI is investigating "the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts". Comey believed, according to one source familiar with his thinking, that the President could be "trained" about how you do and do not interact with an Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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"This was a very memorable period in my life; probably the most hard time in my entire professional life".

While the White House has had problems lawyering up, POLITICO reports that Mueller, a former FBI Director, is putting together a hardcore prosecution team whose experience includes: Enron, the Mafia and Watergate. Some of the commentary in it - including the title - echoes public statements by Trump and other administration officials.

The two refused to comply with the request, which they regarded as inappropriate, the Post report said.

The White House had suggested Mr Trump could invoke executive privilege to protect the confidentiality of presidential discussions, but some aides were wary that may appear like a cover-up.

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"I know that this is a frustrating exercise for you", she told lawmakers.

White House, allies scramble for ways to counter Comey