Trump says he's 'very close' to naming a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

And the final blow: The Times's report this week that Trump asked FBI Director James B. Comey to shut down the FBI's Flynn investigation, according to a contemporaneous memo Comey wrote before Trump fired him.

Trump also used Thursday's joint press conference with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to decry the FBI's investigation into alleged collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, describing it as a "witch hunt" and denouncing it for "dividing the country".

President Trump called the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties to Russian Federation a "witch hunt" that "hurts our country" Thursday in his first public, non-Twitter comments on the situation.

Trump's Monday tweet threatening former acting Attorney General Sally Yaters and Trump's Friday tweet threatening former FBI Director James Comey were both seen as possible criminal violations of witness tampering.

"When I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story", he told NBC News' Lester Holt.

The Post's March 28 report that the Trump administration tried to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying on the Trump campaign's possible Russian Federation ties.

Numerous interactions between Comey and Trump were detailed in the extensive memos that Comey kept and distributed amongst his staff.

When Comey was about to board a helicopter, he received a call from the White House saying that "the president needs to talk to you urgently".

But Mr Trump said the issue was dividing an already polarised nation.

Washington's intelligence agencies believe Moscow tried to tip November's U.S. presidential election in favour of Mr Trump.

The latest political storm, coupled with the still-potent fallout from Trump's recent disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats at the White House, has overshadowed all else in the capital and beyond.

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Mr Mueller, who will have wide-ranging powers, said simply: "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability".

So that's how Trump really took the news about Mueller's appointment: not well at all.

The ceremony occurred in the Blue Room of the White House, where many senior law enforcement officials - including the Secret Service director - had gathered. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Rosenstein would be questioned about a letter he wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Several members leaving the meeting said the deputy attorney general was aware of Comey's pending termination before he penned the letter to Trump.

The Post's February 9 report that national security adviser Michael Flynn, contrary to the Trump administration's claims, talked with the Russian ambassador about USA sanctions before Trump took office.

Comey told Trump he should not contact him directly about FBI investigations but follow procedure and have the White House counsel ask the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, the Times reported.

"But when I made that decision, I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision".

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", Trump said.

"We see the common theme that in any presidential scandal, the attempt to either cover it up, hide it, obfuscate, is what drives the narrative", Mahaffee said.

An anonymous source told the Post that Rosenstein was upset at the White House for initially saying his memo was the reason Comey was sacked, and threatened to resign if that narrative was not changed.

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