WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Donald Trump, the Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday.
Oversight hearings are when senators get the chance to grill Cabinet officials about all aspects of their department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered questions on all the legal aspects of the Trump administration: from the Russia investigation to the president's travel ban to the president's pardoning power.
President Donald Trump is once again voicing frustration with the Russia investigation. He told Fox News he hasn't ruled out firing Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump said that some of the investigators Mueller hired have ties to Democrats and that Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey are "very, very good friends."
President Donald Trump said Twitter that he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey. Trump hinted that he might have recordings of his private conversations with Comey at the White House and over the phone. The tale of mystery began just days after Trump fired Comey, who was then leading an investigation into contacts before and after the election between the president's campaign and Russian officials.
The Russia probe clearly is still on President Donald Trump's mind. On Twitter Friday, the president appeared to confirm he is under investigation for his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch hunt," the president tweeted.
The investigation headed by U.S. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election now includes a probe of whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, according to a report by The Washington Post.
The White House struck back hard at fired FBI Director James Comey. President Trump said that some of what Comey told the Senate intelligence committee proves he was right and some of it was just not true. The president insisted he never told Comey to pledge loyalty to him. Trump also said he never pressured Comey to drop the FBI investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
A Columbia University law professor and close friend of former FBI Director James Comey confirmed he leaked contents of one of Comey's memos to The New York Times. Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday that he hoped the story about his interactions with President Donald Trump would prompt the appointment of a special counsel.
The testimony from James Comey is the latest in a string of events that has kept the former FBI director in the spotlight for nearly a year. David Birdsell of Baruch College shared his analysis of the chain of events and the latest testimony.
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he is nominating a private attorney and former Justice Department official to be the next director of the FBI. This is a unique time to take the role of FBI director. Christopher Wray, 50, would step into a job where the president controversially fired his predecessor and a special counsel is currently conducting a separate investigation of his own.
Fired FBI Director James Comey will testify under oath Thursday that President Donald Trump repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation shadowing his White House by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the probe into his campaign's Russia ties.
Former FBI Director James Comey will say in his opening statement at a congressional hearing that President Donald Trump told him, "I need loyalty. I expect loyalty" during an "awkward" conversation at a January dinner at the White House, according to documents released a day ahead of his highly anticipated testimony.
The White House is unable to dim the growing glare of the Russia investigation. It is clouding Donald Trump's administration as key hearings begin this week. Phrases like "obstruction of justice" are being tossed around. Trump said he wished the FBI director he fired "luck" on his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee planned for Thursday. The much-anticipated appearance centers on the Russian interference in the U.S. election. Lawmakers will most certainly ask James Comey if the president asked him to end it or if the president pressured him to stop looking into Russia's ties to fired national security advisor Michael Flynn.
The House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday it is issuing subpoenas for former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as well as their businesses, as part of its investigation into Russian activities during last year's election. The special counsel overseeing the government's investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia has approved former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the Senate intelligence committee.
President Donald Trump is assailing the naming of a special counsel as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" Trump is responding to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead a probe of allegations that Trump's campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the election.
FBI Director James Comey write a memo detailing an Oval Office meeting in which he claims President Trump asked him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, according to several reports. The White House flatly denied that Trump asked Comey or anyone in the FBI to end the probe. Trump later fired Comey.
President Donald Trump warned that former FBI Director James Comey "better hope" that no "tapes" of their conversations exist, creating a stir among the press and lawmakers speculating if the president could be secretly recording his conversations in the White House.
During one of the most volatile cycles of the Trump administration, Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been out of the picture. The White House said that Spicer is fulfilling his Navy Reserve duties this week at the Pentagon and that his job is not in jeopardy. Still, his absence at the height of this drama did not go unnoticed.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump said Wednesday from the White House that Comey was "not doing a good job." Trump abruptly fired Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.
President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.