Trump denies asking Comey to stop Flynn probe

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

It's about leakers working to undermine the president.

"If the president gives his word to the American people or to legislatures or to a foreign power, then everyone on every level has to know that he means what he says, and he says what he means", said Rick Tyler, former adviser to Ted Cruz's presidential campaign and former spokesman for Newt Gingrich. Trump blasted it as a 'witch hunt'.

The language reveals much about how Trump and his backers are explaining the seemingly never-ending blitz of bad news rocking the White House.

Republicans, though, rejected an effort by California Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from the San Francisco Bay area, to force consideration of an independent commission. He did not deny discussing classified information.

According to a person close to the White House, Rosenstein was upset about the narrative that emerged from the White House the evening of May 9.

In addition to an endless stream of gossip and internal squabbling, news outlets have been privy to everything from details of draft documents to the president's private phone conversations with foreign leaders.

Donald Trump has strenuously denied colluding with Russian Federation during last year's presidential election, saying even his "enemies" did not believe reports of ties between his team and the Kremlin.

Lastly, after Director Comey publicly acknowledged that there was an active counterintelligence investigation into the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, he was sacked.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Wednesday made the surprise decision to appoint former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russian probe, yesterday directly contradicted Trump's claim that his memo outlining Comey's failings was a reason for Comey's ouster last week. "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here".

Comey's dismissal last week set off a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

But even if some claims go too far, Trump clearly does face opposition from within his own government.

The Washington Post reported this week that Trump shared highly classified information with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptops on aircraft.

"I don't think it's not just a question of doing real estate deals", said Mr Gorka.

A sense of fatigue and despondence has set in as White House officials wait for new balls to drop. "So that agenda is now being sidelined and they're stuck with him". "And there's a reason it's selective", said White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who once demanded that staffers turn over their cell phones so he could inspect them for unauthorized communication.

NBC News has verified information from the original New York Times report with two separate sources.

In many cases, Trump aides have leaked gossip to cement their public standings or tried to communicate with the president through news stories, which he devours. "To the extent the prior administration's records of interactions with Mr. Comey about these topics may now be housed at the National Archives or elsewhere, we ask that you make the relevant personnel there aware of the request and authorize them to release the records to the committee", the letter reads.

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