The investigation has focused on possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump campaign aides and the dissemination of fake news articles hostile to Hillary Clinton and of emails stolen from the accounts of Democratic Party workers during the presidential campaign.
"The hearing greatly sharpened the focus of this matter onto whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he isolated FBI Director Comey after a White House meeting and pressured him to drop an active criminal investigation for no proper goal", says law professor Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor who led the Justice Department's prosecution of Enron Corp.
McCain said what he was "trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the President rise to the level of obstruction of justice".
On May 12, Trump tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations". He said Trump might have similarly hoped to induce an obligation in a March 30 phone call suggesting that he hadn't questioned the Democratic political ties of the wife of Comey's deputy. All of which convinced Mr. Comey to keep copious notes, to not discuss these encounters with many others (for fear of chilling the investigation) and to generally distrust Mr. Trump. They said Trump's intent to interfere with the investigation could be inferred from his conduct, such as telling advisors like Jared Kushner and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Comey's direct boss, to leave the room before the conversation with Comey. On Thursday, Comey provided additional information about the scope of that inquiry and whether it will target the president. Instead, Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him. "The Senate Intelligence Committee investigation and special counsel Mueller ought to get to the bottom of this matter". "He is a good guy and has been through a lot", Trump told Comey, according to the latter's recollection. The Justice Department issued a statement later on Thursday saying Sessions stepped aside from the Russian Federation probe only because he had been part of Trump's campaign.
Earlier Thursday, during his public testimony before the Senate, Comey said The New YorkTimes report was "in the main.not true" in response to questioning from Sen.
"The nature of the person", Comey said.
Trump's lawyer Kasowitz disputed both statements on Thursday, essentially pitting the two accounts against each other. The norm breached by Trump-that FBI investigations must be independent and nonpartisan-serves the vital function of making it harder for presidents to use the Bureau to persecute their enemies and shield wrongdoing by their allies.
Later Comey was pressed about why he accommodatingly told Trump in the March 30 call that he "would see what we could do" to lift the "cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation. "The president is new at this, he's new to government, so he's not steeped in the long-running protocols that's established between DOJ, FBI, and White Houses".
Comey also pointed out that they were right - Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation less than two weeks later.
President Donald Trump on Friday broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication". "But that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work toward to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense".
One of Trump Jr.'s biggest gripes was when Comey leaked his own private memos to the press.
Apple's Siri agent on the iPhone is available in 21 languages, although the HomePod will initially ship only for English. There's also an expanded selection of features in Photos and the option to directly pay friends using Apple Pay .
Chloe - who is based in OR with her fiancé James Driskill - went on to explain her desperate need for privacy at this hard time. Alongside a throwback photo of her and her mum together, Chloe wrote: "I want to thank all of you for your love and support".
Springfield, Mass .is the hometown of Theodore Seuss Geisel, the author who's nickname eventually became the legendary Dr. It was a sea of striped hats, as relatives of the famed author, illustrator and Springfield native were joined by Lt.
Wal-Mart declined to say whether participating store workers get paid a fee for the delivery or simply more for the extra hours. According to Walmart's blog, their stores in the USA put the company within 10 miles of 90 percent of the US population.
But those voices were tempered by conservatives who argue the agreement harms American jobs and punishes United States taxpayers. Trump, who doubts the science behind climate change, has already begun the process of reversing American climate policies.
They concluded the cash-strapped state needed the extra revenue to fix the budget and raise additional funds for public schools. Laffer's supply-side ideology calls for cutting taxes specifically on the wealthy people who do the most investing.
The research firm IDC says Apple and Xiaomi each has a worldwide market share of almost 15 percent in the first quarter. Apple is introducing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in an attempt to revive interest in its once hot-selling line of tablets.
Cruz said in return for crippling American economy, the Paris Agreement would do next to nothing to impact global temperatures. So even if the USA were to withdraw from the accord, many said the U.S.is not likely to stop reducing its carbon pollution.
It is what it is. "You always know it's a possibility and you just deal with it". "My guys allowed me to suck tonight", Sale said. Like I said, I stunk tonight. "I think that kind of set the tone for the game and that we weren't backing down".
So the flawless playoff mark wasn't overly lauded. "That's all the motivation we need", Green said. "Yeah, I know. At halftime, the coach asked Stephen Curry to stop worrying about his turnovers and play with joy and passion.
The department released surveillance video showing the theft suspect departing from the train after the stabbings. The backpack contained "personal items important to the Best family", detectives said in a statement .
Ohio State names new head basketball coach
Holtmann quickly took charge of the program and delivered an impressive stretch of seasons in his time with Butler . Smith's private plane was scheduled to fly to Indianapolis on Friday morning, according to the Columbus Dispatch .
No change for Cowlitz in Obamacare insurers
Despite its pro-life actions, the latest health care reform bill has "many serious flaws", the USA bishops have said. Sasse says any health care reform measure needs to make the portability of health insurance a main objective.
Project Cars 2 release date set for September
Now, the first footage for Project CARS 2 has been revealed, and we already know when it'll be released . Bandai Namco racer Project Cars 2 will launch worldwide on 22nd September.
Crosby scores, Malkin shoots yet Penguins lose 4-1 to Preds
Rinne kept it tied in the early minutes of the second with a stop of Guentzel before a big save on Chris Kunitz on a breakaway. Gaudreau's goal came 3:45 into the period on a wraparound, but there was no goal signal on the ice at the time.
Can Apple's (AAPL) HomePod Outmuscle Amazon and Google?
This device is believed to be Apple's answer to the existing smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo . Amazon started the Echo way back in 2014, and Google began shipping its competitor, Google Home, last year.
Trump argues for travel ban after London attacks
Trump's Monday tweets also "clearly" show Trump's intent as the ban moves to the Supreme Court , said Cardin. The DOJ submitted a less draconian executive order to the US Supreme Court last Thursday.
Putin plays down ties with President Trump's ex-adviser Flynn
During an interview with the news network's Megyn Kelly , Putin stated through the NBC News translator: "Hackers can be anywhere". He was also recently subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee, as was his lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group.
Documents: Doctor arrested at Trump Hotel spoke of McVeigh
The court documents describe Moles as a recovering alcoholic and marijuana addict suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Bryan Moles was placed on administrative leave from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center shortly after his arrest.