Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for Manhattan, told an interviewer Sunday that he was fired after a series of “uncomfortable” telephone calls that made him feel that President Trump might be trying to compromise his independence as a federal prosecutor.
Trump, who was then president-elect, first telephoned in December, “ostensibly to shoot the breeze and asked me how I was doing and wanted to make sure I was OK," Bharara said on ABC's “This Week."
“It appeared to be that he was trying to cultivate some kind of relationship."
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said he would appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about his dealings with Russian officials.
Sessions, who came under criticism for failing to report meetings with the Russian ambassador, wrote a letter Saturday saying he wanted to answer questions raised during former FBI Director James B. Comey’s testimony on Thursday.
During his testimony, Comey said the FBI had learned about something regarding Sessions “that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic.” Comey said he couldn’t discuss it publicly.
President Trump’s nominee for a post as a powerful banking regulator has misrepresented a college degree on his resume, according to a spokeswoman for Dartmouth College.
Joseph Otting, the former chief executive of Pasadena’s OneWest Bank who Trump nominated on Tuesday to be the next comptroller of the currency, has claimed to be a graduate of the School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth.
“Joseph Otting is not a Dartmouth graduate,” Diana Lawrence, the college’s associate vice president for communications, said Saturday. “Dartmouth does not have a school of credit and financial management.”
President Trump on Friday made an explicit commitment to NATO's core mutual defense obligation, weeks after he declined to do so at a meeting of alliance members in Brussels.
"I am committing the United States to Article 5," Trump said in response to a question during a Rose Garden news conference with the president of Romania. "Certainly we are there to protect."
That he previously omitted any reference to the NATO charter obligation in remarks at the organization's new headquarters last month deepened concerns among the other leaders of member nations concerning the future of the trans-Atlantic alliance in the Trump administration.
President Trump on Friday denied asking fired FBI Director James B. Comey for a loyalty oath or requesting that he drop the investigation into former national security advisor Mike Flynn, and said he would be "100%" willing to testify under oath.
“I hardly know the man," Trump said of Comey during a Rose Garden news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. "I’m not going to say 'I want you to pledge allegiance.'”
Of Comey's Senate Intelligence Committee testimony that Trump asked him to drop the Flynn investigation. the president said, “I didn't say that.”
President Trump’s personal attorney is planning to file a complaint against former FBI Director James Comey over details Comey revealed during his congressional testimony, a source told the Associated Press.
Trump’s legal team will file a complaint early next week with the Justice Department’s inspector general, according to a person close to the legal team who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity. The complaint will take issue with Comey’s revelation that he asked a friend to pass along to a reporter notes he took of his private conversations with the president.
The team is also expected to file a submission with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
With the financial system imploding in 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke implored Congress to authorize $700 billion to bail out the banks or risk a total meltdown.
His actions then represented a key milestone on the Texas Republican’s path to becoming a powerful House committee chairman and a pivotal player in the GOP effort to reduce financial regulation in the Trump era.