Comey prepped answers ahead of Trump talks

Angie Massey
May 20, 2017

For example, Kenneth Starr, who investigated former President Bill Clinton, probed allegations surrounding his past real estate deals but later expanded the inquiry into Clinton's relations with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, leading to an impeachment of Clinton by the House.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said. "In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country".

The meeting took place February 14, one day after Flynn's resignation, according to The Times, which reported that Comey's memo was part of the then-FBI director's effort to create a paper trail.

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"My decision (to appoint a special counsel) is not the finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted". He also highlighted the "very, very strong recommendation" he got from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Pressure on the White House intensified after Trump fired Comey, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter, and allegations that Trump had asked Comey to end the FBI investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation. "Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result", he added. "We need the facts", Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said in reaction to the explosive reports of Trump's request to the now-sacked James Comey, coming on the heels of claims he shared USA secrets with Russian officials in the Oval Office. "The important ongoing bipartisan investigation in the House will also continue", Ryan said.

Trump later said in an interview with NBC News he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation.

U.S. lawmakers swiftly shot down the prospect of Putin providing evidence to an American congressional investigations, with Senator Susan Collins dismissing the notion as "absurd". He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so. "While this is an important step forward, we still need a bipartisan, independent commission to carry out a public investigation into Russia's interference in our election".

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