Did James Comey Lie About Interference In The Russia Investigation?

Marsha Scott
June 3, 2017

Former FBI director James Comey will testify on June 8 before a congressional committee investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

US Vice President Mike Pence, 2nd left, shaking hands with FBI Director James Comey, right, watched by Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, left, and US President Donald Trump, 3rd right, during the reception for law enforcement officers and first responders in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

Amid a political firestorm touched off by Comey's firing, the Justice Department appointed a special counsel last month to take the lead on the Russian Federation investigation.

Also on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Russian state has never been involved in hacking.

Committee aides complained Mr Nunes had acted unilaterally, and the top Democrat on the panel, Representative Adam Schiff, said his actions violated his earlier decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Democrats are expected to press Comey about reports that say he wrote a memo claiming that Trump had urged him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, who was then his national security adviser. Facing rising pressure, the Justice Department earlier this month named another former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, Robert Mueller, as a special counsel to investigate the allegations.

Trump, who has raised doubts about the USA agencies' findings, has denied any collusion. Early Wednesday morning, the president tweeted "Witch Hunt!" in reference to testimony by Comey and former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan before Congress on the topic. Schiff said committee rules allow Nunes to delegate that authority to Conaway. Russian officials said last month that they might retaliate.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded the Russian government sought to influence the US election in Trump's favor, a charge Russia has denied.

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Trump on Thursday backed Nunes' efforts to investigate actions by USA security and other officials who had served under previous President Barack Obama.

On Wednesday, committee Chairman Devin Nunes asked the agencies for details of any requests made by two top Obama administration aides and the former Central Intelligence Agency director to "unmask" Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts, according to congressional sources.

People are anxiously awaiting this occasion, given the potential consequences for Donald Trump and his administration.

The requests to unmask the names of Trump associates underwent the same stringent evaluations that USA privacy laws and intelligence regulations require for all such applications, and they produced nothing out of the ordinary, said the four officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Guardian reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources, that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is a "person of interest" in the Russian Federation probe.

HIRONO: So if the attorney general or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?

Nigel Farage, the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, listens during the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, easter.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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