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Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

James Clapper doesn't know if there was collusion between Trump and Russian Federation


Donald Trump stopped by "NBC Nightly News" for an interview with Lester Holt on May 11, and he had a lot more to say about James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired on May 10. But the revelation intensified the pressure on the White House from both political parties to explain the motives behind Comey's stunning ouster.

Trump rejected that idea, saying "We have to get back to work but I want to get to the bottom... if Russian Federation hacked, if Russian Federation did anything having to go with our election, I want to know about it".

This is obviously a developing story and more information likely will emerge. Personally. I'm not talking about campaigns. "You know that, I know that, everybody knows that".

"The Fake Media is working overtime today!" he added. On Thursday, he signed an executive order on cybersecurity that in part addresses, in the words of a Trump adviser, the need to establish "rules of the road for proper behavior on the internet". "Now, this is a public meeting because you know when you cover this the people watching may say, oh, he met with Lavrov, well this was announced that I'm meeting with Lavrov". Not only are they digging for what is happening, but they are examining why it is happening, and what else may happen. I'm looking to do a great job for the country.

The firing has made the committee's investigation into Russia's influence on the presidential election even more important, Warner added. "It was set up a while ago, and frankly, I could have waited but what difference does it make?" The Comey firing story is a flawless example.

President Trump would have fired FBI Director James Comey even if he hadn't received a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listing faults in Comey's conduct, the president said in a Thursday interview.

His citing of an old O'Donnell tweet calling for Comey to be fired as evidence that his decision this week was justified follows a pattern the White House has trotted out since Thursday's shock decision.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she doesn't believe it was a conflict of interest for Trump to have asked Comey if he was under investigation.

The firing has stoked charges of a coverup and again raised the questions, why, if Trump has nothing to hide, does he act so guilty?

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Lester Holt was fully prepared, and asked all the key questions.

Mr Schumer said: "Over the last three decades of your career at the Department of Justice, you have developed a reputation for integrity and impartiality".

Trump explained that Comey had come to dinner at the White House to keep his job as director, and told Trump during their visit that he was not under investigation relating to Russian Federation, and then on two more occasions during telephone conversations. "I said, 'If it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?'" First, it undercut his staff and Vice President Pence's explanation. What this misses is that many who thought Comey was wrong in the Clinton case were also strongly opposed to his being fired.

While 38 percent of Americans said Trump's action was appropriate, 54 percent answered that it was not appropriate.

Later that month, Trump tweeted about the matter.

Before he was sacked, Mr Comey was said to have been weighing up whether to expand the inquiry on Mr Manafort to include his global business activities. He says Comey "enjoyed broad support" within the agency and that he holds Comey in the "absolute highest regard".

The White House Correspondents' Association was quick to respond, condemning the proposal and stressing the importance of press briefings. He feared any additional focus on Russian Federation after the election would legitimize Democratic claims the election was stolen and believes that, now, every day spent on Russian Federation weakens his administration.

Comey, they said, declined to make such a pledge but told Trump he would always give him "honesty". But many interpreted it as a move to limit media access.

All Americans have a stake in seeing President Trump do the right thing now.

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