Following the hearing, a White House spokeswoman said Trump "has no intention" of dismissing Mueller. In one memo, Comey said Trump tried to direct him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
U.S. President Donald Trump attacked what he called a "phony story" on Thursday after a report that he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice by the special counsel probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
Notably, Comey, in his carefully-worded statement, had also said that Trump's personal conduct - whether with regards to possible collusion with Russian Federation or possible obstruction of justice - was not under investigation while he was at the helm of the FBI.
Trump had received private assurances from former FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. After Comey's firing, the administration gave differing reasons for his dismissal.
The three officials the Post says Mueller is interviewing are Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the recently retired deputy NSA director. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy and it's unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.
Sessions, a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, said in his opening statement that it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or participated in any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, denounced the Post report, saying on Wednesday: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment.
The letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to President Donald Trump to FBI Director James Comey is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, where Sessions says a "fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI".
Addressing allegations that he had unreported meetings with Russian officials while he advised the Trump campaign, Sessions said he had already acknowledged two encounters previous year with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. It is doubtful the White House could ultimately use executive privilege to try to block them from speaking to Mueller's investigators.
According to the Post's sources, the Justice Department began an investigation into Trump's actions shortly after he dismissed Comey, which the president himself admitted was because of the Russian Federation investigation. Mueller's office has now taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.
Sessions insisted he stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation because he was a principal adviser to the Trump campaign, not because he did something wrong or was a subject of the probe.
Sessions also pushed back against Comey's suggestion he may have failed to take appropriate steps to protect the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief from political pressure.
Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that he was certain his firing was due to the president's concerns about the Russian Federation probe, rather than over his handling of a now-closed FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, as the White House had initially asserted. Comey said the president then leaned on him to halt the Flynn investigation.
In late April President Trump delegated to Mattis the authority for troop levels in Iraq and Syria . " All wars come to an end . FML's were effectively caps set by the White House on the number of troops that could be deployed to each country.
After three white alternates were dismissed after closing arguments, the 12-member jury included two black and ten white people. The jury is expected to begin considering the case later Monday after just five days of testimony, evidence and arguments.
Chris Murphy of CT and Al Franken of Minnesota to block the sale of $510 million of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia. See her interview on Public Radio International's "The World": " Will U.S. stop arming Saudi attackers in Yemen ?" Sens.
The search for two Georgia prison inmates who killed two guards and stole a pickup truck has expanded nationwide, Sills said. Authorities have said 43-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose overpowered and killed 42-year-old Sgt.
Shortly after the blog post went viral, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had announced an internal investigation into these allegations . While it's possible that Kalanick and Michael may be placed on a leave of absence, it might not change things that much.
Mr Abbott, who had not read the Finkel report, slammed the CET on Monday as a "magic pudding" and " a tax on coal ". Electricity retailers would have to show a predetermined share of their power came from low emissions generators.
To avoid confusion, Microsoft will call the game's Xbox One, Nintendo Switch , and mobile versions simply as " Minecraft ". Additionally, an update for Minecraft this year will add 4K support and more graphical options.
Stocks rose on Wednesday, but worries about stretched valuations and caution before a near-certain rate hike by the U.S. They now expect prices excluding food and energy to rise 1.7% this year, from a projection of 1.9% in March .
Inside and the interior will be vey familiar to any Aston Martin Vantage owner with all the switchgear being exactly the same. That makes it especially sad that none of the 200 V8 models, nor the 100 V12s, will be allocated for the United States market.
Manchester United and Liverpool will resume their north-west rivalry in the league on 14th October at Anfield . Premier League champions Chelsea will begin the defense of their title at home against Burnley .
While they can spend more money on certain areas, they still have to hit the $133 billion marker to comply with Senate rules. While most of us are focused on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, Senate Republicans , led by Sen.
The attorney general race will have Democrat Mark Herring, the incumbent, facing Republican John Adams in the November 7 election. The lieutenant governor and the former congressman have few policy differences and share a similar liberal agenda on many issues.
Japan and South Korea stumble on road to 2018 World Cup
Qatari national team could face sanctions from Federation Internationale de Football Association for involving politics in sports. Players warmed up for a World Cup qualifying match in t-shirts emblazoned with a profile portrait of Emir .
Federer loses to Haas in his return to tennis
Federer and Haas are good friends off the court, and although Federer seemed stunned after the match, he congratulated Haas. Federer, who fired 23 aces in the contest, had match point at 8-7 in the second set tie-breaker but hit a backhand long.
Cosby jury reviews accuser's testimony amid deliberations
Prosecutors rejected filing a case against Cosby based on Goins' allegations, which they said investigators could not corroborate. Constand initially told police about the alleged assault in January 2005, a year after she says it took place.
Marco Verratti to leave PSG?
The player, who is said to be wanted by the Catalan giants, is also reportedly on Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti's wish list. Looks like Barcelona just received a much-needed boost in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain's ( PSG ) Marco Verratti .
Lawmaker moves forward on effort to impeach Trump
However, as to Obstruction of Justice and 18 USC § 1512 (b)(3), the evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now. A motion to table would be the likely outcome of that, but it would constitute the first impeachment-related vote.
E3 2017: Nintendo Announces 'Metroid Prime 4' For Switch
Likewise, the release date remains a mystery, although it's extremely unikely that it will be released until at least late 2018. Since then, there have been a few Metroid titles kicking about, but none have satiated fans' desires.