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.
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".
Steve Kerr was back on the bench for the Warriors in this one, which was great to see and gave the Warriors and emotional boost. He was experiencing painful migraines and nausea that were complications of back surgery he underwent almost two years ago.
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.
The bonds had been in the possession of Venezuela's central bank since they were issued in a private placement in late 2014. If the bonds do not default, Goldman Sachs stands to reap a whopping 40% annual yield, which could quiet its investors.
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.
Some seasons, he barely hit four homers at all he reached double-digits only once and had 38 career heading into the game. He allowed just two hits to the Cubs over 5 1/3 innings in his last start on June 2 but earned a no-decision in a 3-2 loss.
Freeland said Canada was deeply disappointed by the decision to leave the Paris pact but made no other criticisms of US policy. To say this is not controversial: "it is simply a fact", Freeland said in a speech to parliament.
The first round is June 15th, the same day as Amanda Mickelson's graduation from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California . Mickelson said Amanda will be attending Brown University ("She's a smart little s--", he said).
Verizon plans to cut about 2000 jobs at Yahoo, AOL
Citing sources, TechCrunch reports that as many as 2,100 jobs will be lost of the two companies' combined 14,000 employees. During an all-company meeting with AOL and Yahoo in May, he was asked by employees what would happen to them.
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.
Contractor charged in leaking NSA document to media
Golden posted a photo with victor the day after Memorial Day in 2016 previous year , calling her "a living hero". Posting under the pseudonym Sara Winners, Ms Winner often criticised Donald Trump on social media.
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.
Trump Has Multiple Escape Routes From Paris Climate Accord
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.
Spicer Offers Cryptic Explanation for Trump 'Covfefe' Tweet
A majority of 53% said Pence does more to help the President - just 29% said he does more harm when he speaks on behalf of Trump . The spokesman's refusal to admit Trump made a mistake prompted laughter from members of the media at the White House.