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Trump on Comey: He's become more famous than me!

Trump on Comey: He's become more famous than me!

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day.

"I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", said Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, chairman of the committee.

Trump met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office the day after Trump fired Comey, who was in charge of the Russia election probe.

Mr Trump told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week that Mr Comey was a "nut job," according to the Times, citing notes taken at the meeting and read to the paper by a United States official.

On May 8, I learned that President Trump meant to remove Director Comey and sought my advice and input. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump reportedly told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Times reported on Friday that Trump told the Russians he "faced great pressure" because of the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling.

"This is an inflection point in the entire Russian Federation collusion investigation", he told MSNBC.

Rosenstein said he learned on May 8 that Trump was going to fire Comey and the president "sought my advice and input".

The Senate and House intelligence committees are also probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

"There is no reason he can't testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, particularly given that the Judiciary Committee is the FBI's primary oversight committee", Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote in a statement.

Trump, accompanied by wife Melania, walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Friday.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer emphasized the lack of evidence of collusion in a statement responding to the Post's story.

Two members of the Trump campaign and transition team with reported ties to Russian Federation - former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chair Paul Manafort - are not current White House officials, meaning the Post reporting has identified a new connection.

"It was not just an isolated mistake; the series of public statements about the email investigation, in my opinion, departed from the proper role of the FBI director and damaged public confidence in the Bureau and the Department", Rosenstein said.

The most visible questions about the possible cover-up have come since Trump took office, and especially in the days since the president abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

Flynn discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the month before President Donald Trump took office, and he withheld that fact from even Vice President Mike Pence. (Trump wrote in Comey's termination letter that Comey had told him on three separate occasions that he was not being investigated, assurances that sources close to Comey denied he ever made.) But, as the Times reported, the meeting wasn't only a matter of curious timing.

Robert Mueller, who served as FBI chief under George W Bush, was appointed this week as special counsel for the investigation.

"He refused to answer questions and he just kept pushing off everything onto Mueller", said Democratic representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona.

She said subjects of the investigation could later argue that its results cannot be trusted, but she believes the argument would not stand up in court.