Comey set to testify publicly about why Trump fired him

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"Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way, shape or form, to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn".

The paper said the comments came from the White House's written account of the Oval Office meeting. They have, however, also jumped in with both feet on nearly any anonymous story linking this administration with Russia, spreading tales of electrical grids being hacked and breathlessly repeating reports "proving" Russian interference in USA elections, many of which have been found to be totally without merit.

"When I chose 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.

"I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The White House, however, denied such allegations. That was two days after Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Comey's abrupt sacking by President Donald Trump triggered a political firestorm with an angry opposition calling for an appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged Russian influence in last year's general elections. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign past year.

Trump aides said he never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor made inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

"I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the president", the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said in a statement.

The Justice Department issued the text of Mr Rosenstein's opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the memo the president initially cited as justification for firing FBI Director James Comey. Some still wanted a clearer understanding of why, exactly, he wrote his memo, but reported that despite being asked numerous times in various ways, Rosenstein would not elaborate.

Trott says Maryland Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings asked something like, "So you woke up one morning and made a decision to write a memo?"

Republicans have largely stood behind Trump in the first months of his presidency as the FBI and congressional investigations into Russia's election meddling intensified.

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

President Trump was hit with another set of Russia-related allegations late Fridaymoments after departing on his first foreign trip as commander-in-chief, with one report claiming the president trash-talked James Comey in a meeting with Moscow dignitaries and another saying the Russian Federation probe has reached a current White House official.

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