Comey Hid Among White House Curtains to Avoid Trump

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

Even as he erupted anew, fellow Republicans expressed hopes the move would restore some calm to a capital plunged into chaos.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Noah Bookbinder called Mueller "the right man for the job" in a release, adding, "It is our honest hope that he is able to get to the bottom of this situation - not just the truth about Russia's interference with the 2016 election and any coordination it may have had with the Trump campaign, but also the truth about the president's apparent obstruction of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation".

Mr Flynn and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak allegedly discussed setting up a back channel for communications between Mr Trump and Vladimir Putin that "could bypass the US national security bureaucracy".

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

And earlier in the day, during a private lunch of television anchors at the White House, Trump said he believes the decision to appoint a special counsel "hurts our country terribly" and called it "a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election".

Trump said that Comey "was very unpopular with most people" and said that he was expecting more widespread praise for the firing. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president. But everybody in this country gets a fair trial, including the president or anyone else".

Comey, who was leading the FBI's investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, including reported ties to the Trump campaign, was sacked by Trump last week.

But Trump, after issuing a measured statement when the news first broke Wednesday evening, allowed his resentment to burst forth Thursday in angry morning tweets.

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"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" It is the kind of conversation that seems completely in character for Trump, who, over the course of the campaign and now in office, has betrayed no - zero - understanding of the necessary separation of the president and his Justice Department when it comes to making independent judgments about political matters and political opponents.

The US President used his speech to Coast Guard graduates to take a swipe at those who question him.

Questions surrounding alleged ties to Russian Federation have dogged Mr Trump since before his election.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), said the Mueller appointment was a "good first step".

Mr Ryan's spokesman said last night: This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor.

Green, 69, an attorney and former head of the NAACP in Houston, has close friendships with Democrats and Republicans including House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas.

Multiple members of the Senate's Intelligence Committee also asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over communications between Trump and Comey and invited the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to testify.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said he is supportive of investigations in Congress but expressed concern about the "proliferation" of hearings. "I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein".

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