And he adopted a skeptical tone toward the reports that have the White House in chaos and lawmakers scrambling to respond. "He felt the White House should have a clear separation from the FBI about ongoing investigations - there should never be any intimation that the President or the White House staff was leaning in and trying to influence live investigations by the FBI", the source said. It's been less than two weeks since the president held a victory party on the White House lawn, surrounded by jubilant Republicans, as they celebrated the partial passage of a health-reform bill.
European stocks had a disgusting day on Wednesday after allegations that US President Donald Trump pressured former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former US national security adviser Michael Flynn in February. But given the bombshell news events since Ryan last went before the Washington press corps almost two weeks ago, the questions did not focus on the major legislative effort he's trying to pursue.
Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts.
The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday requested the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over former Director James Comey's memo's documenting conversations with President Trump, joining a number of panels seeking the memos.
John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale". "I was in the room.and none of us felt in any way that conversation was inappropriate", he said.More news: US Summons Turkey Envoy Over DC Clashes During Erdogan Visit
This came after several Trump staff members denied that the president had done any such thing.
At the time Rosenstein appointed a special counsel, only five Senate Republicans had publicly said they were open to the idea of a more independent investigation than what Congress and the FBI were undertaking.
"I'm convinced that the president did nothing that he thought was outside the best interest of the country", said Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia said he and the majority of House Republicans remain behind the president and his voters "definitely" do.
His concerns surfaced again earlier this week after another report revealed that Trump discussed highly classified information while Russian diplomats were visiting the White House.More news: FBI director candidates paraded past reporters
"Let's get to the bottom of what happened with the director".
Mueller was a confidante of Comey during the initial incident, backing him up and reportedly offering to resign alongside him should the need arise. (Curbelo supports a special congressional committee dedicated to only Russia.): "What if you get someone like Ken Starr, who is erratic and really takes away credibility from the process?" Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
"And in fact 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, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won, ' " Trump said in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt after the dismissal. The newspaper cited a memo Comey wrote shortly after the conversation.
Putin, who still hopes Moscow can fix battered ties with the United States despite a deepening political scandal in the United States related to Trump's purported Russian Federation ties, said Moscow had rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump highly.More news: Ruby Rose Slams Katy Perry's Music: 'Sloppy Mess of Writing'
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