Former FBI Director James Comey will testify that President Donald Trump sought his "loyalty" and asked what could be done to "lift the cloud" of investigation shadowing his administration, according to prepared remarks released ahead of his appearance on Capitol Hill on June 8. (June 7, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
President Trump demanded "loyalty" from former FBI Director James B. Comey and asked him to drop at least part of the bureau's investigation of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, Comey plans to testify to Congress Thursday.
"I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence," Comey says. He told Trump that he could promise "honesty," he says.
Before choosing former Justice Department official Christopher A. Wray to lead the FBI, President Trump spent a month working through a long list of politicians, former prosecutors and others, in a chaotic month for a White House still struggling to fill many key positions.
Trump abruptly fired James B. Comey on May 9, acknowledging that his frustration about the expanding probe into Russian election interference was on his mind. And he took the action without a strong notion of who he wanted to replace Comey.
In the weeks that followed, a parade of candidates trooped through the Justice Department and White House for interviews in an unusually public display. Several of the leading candidates came from Congress, including former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who at one point was considered the front-runner for the position. But after the Comey firing, some members of Congress were leery of the idea of having a political figure running the bureau.
Two senior U.S. intelligence officials repeatedly refused to say Wednesday whether President Trump had asked them to intervene or to publicly downplay the FBI investigation into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, instead told a Senate committee that they didn't feel pressured to do anything improper.
The carefully-worded denials appeared aimed at drawing a distinction between being asked by Trump to influence an ongoing investigation, and feeling pressured to do so.
Eric Trump says of his father's critics: “to me they're not even people.”
President Donald Trump's son told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that he's “never seen hatred like this” and “morals have flown out the window” when it comes to attacks against his father.
Eric Trump took special aim at the Democratic Party, which he says is “imploding.” He calls Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez “a total wackjob.” Trump says Democrats “have no message of their own” and are trying to obstruct “a great man” in his father and his family.
President Trump summoned Republican leaders to the White House on Tuesday to discuss his summer legislative agenda, but progress is being stalled by the GOP’s inability to fulfill its long promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
This week was expected to be a pivotal one for the healthcare overhaul, which lawmakers hope to finish before the July 4 break in order to move to other pressing issues. Among them is raising the debt ceiling to avoid defaulting on the nation’s bills, always a thorny political lift.
Wray is a former assistant attorney general. (June 7, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
President Trump announced Wednesday that he would pick Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official who also has represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to lead the FBI.
The announcement on Twitter, which caught many in Washington off guard, appeared to be an effort to seize attention ahead of what is expected to be blockbuster congressional testimony from former FBI director James Comey, who is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee onThursday.
Trump called Wray "a man of impeccable credentials" and promised that details of the announcement would follow.