Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump says he did not ask Comey to end investigation

Trump says he did not ask Comey to end investigation

But for many Americans, including President Donald Trump's staunchest supporters, the "crisis in Washington" is not about possible missteps by Trump or questions over whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation. For them, it's the latest egregious example of mainstream media bias and of Washington insiders desperate to preserve their status taking revenge on the NY celebrity businessman.

His boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was forced to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation due to his own undisclosed contacts with Moscow's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

"No. No. Next question", Mr Trump said when asked if he had asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop the bureau's investigation, which a memo written by Mr Comey reportedly alleges.

"Based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Mr Rosenstein said in a statement.

"The only news I watch is Fox, but the only news I watch and believe is whatever comes out of the president's mouth and whatever he tweets", said Larsen, an Israeli-born immigrant who has lived in Tucson, Arizona, for 25 years.

The New York Times said in a separate article that the alleged action by Trump could, in theory, amount to obstruction of justice - an impeachable offence. "So it's par for the course for me".

The documentation of Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the President has tried to directly influence the justice department and FBI investigation into links between Trump's associates and Russian Federation.

Graham reiterated he would not speculate on media reports.

"No! No!" Trump said tersely. "And now we're seeing it manifest itself", radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said.

Late on Wednesday the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into questions of Russian collusion.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said on Wednesday to the graduating class of the United States Coast Guard Academy. On Thursday he tweeted that the probe of Russian collusion was "the single greatest witch hunt" in US history.

With those words from Peter Baker of The New York Times, the East Room of the White House grew quiet, but for the shutter clicks of the cameras.

Trump's approval ratings have been low for a new president, remaining mired in the high 30s to low 40s.

This is exactly the opposite of what most Republicans in Congress had been saying needed to happen.

That directly contradicts what Rosenstein told senators on Thursday: That he knew Trump planned to fire Comey as of the Monday after that hearing, and wrote his memo to justify that firing. The U.S. sees the Kurds as strong military partners, but the Turkish government says they have ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which it views as a terrorist organization.

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