Trump reportedly told Russians Comey is 'nut job,' said firing relieved 'pressure'

How do we know? "Russian Federation is fine", the president said. "The takeaway I had is that everything he said is that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation", Graham said. He was insane, a real nut job, ' Trump said, according to the summary. Earlier on Thursday, Mr. Trump had called the naming of Mr. Mueller as special prosecutor to head the investigation into his campaign's Russian Federation links a "witch-hunt".

Trump Denies Comey Allegations, Collusion with Russia

Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters after the briefing that Rosenstein had "acknowledged that he learned Comey would be removed prior to him writing his memo". "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly", Mr. Trump said in the statement. Warner of Virginia said Comey's testimony should come "sooner rather than later".

Sean Spicer Says It Offends Trump To Call Him Out Of Control

That seems to be his job. Trump, however, said it "wouldn't be a bad question to ask". On May 10, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that President Donald Trump "and the rest of the FBI" had lost faith in Comey, although Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe subsequently contradicted those words in his May 11 testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to CNN .

Keating Concerned with One of Trump's Top Picks for FBI Director

Others pointed out that Lieberman works for Kasowitz Benson Torres, a law firm that represents Trump, and that his nomination would be seen as an effort to replace Comey with someone less competent and more compliant. Connecticut's Democratic senators also have refrained from endorsing the candidate. Democrats considered tossing Lieberman out of their caucus after learning he spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention, and years later, resentment still lingers.

Trump denies asking Comey to quash Flynn investigation

Among those being targeted is fired national security advisor Mike Flynn, who was revealed to have had Russia contacts during the transition and who also spoke at an RT banquet in 2015 where he was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

USA summoned Turkish ambassador after protester violence

Turkey considers the People's Protection Units, or YPG, a terror organization and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against the country. Royce detailed his request for an inquiry in a letter sent Wednesday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Police barricaded the perimeter to separate the groups.

Trump will not announce Israel embassy move on trip

They are sincerely frustrated and angry". Donald Trump will be the first sitting USA president to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall when he arrives in Israel next week but the diplomatic set-piece has already caused heated disagreements.

US, Saudi agree arms deals worth almost $110 bn: White House

The deal - which was already anticipated as a tangible outcome of the trip - includes a "letter of intent" to assemble 150 Lockheed Martin Blackhawk helicopters to the tune of $6 billion. He also told them that firing Comey had "taken off" the "great pressure" he was feeling from the investigation, the Times reported. As Mr Trump and the 81-year-old king, who was aided by a cane, walked along the red carpet, military jets flew swept the sky, leaving a red, white and blue trail.

Palestinians Taking Trump Efforts Seriously, Says Minister

Friedman's CV is extensive. Moreover, both should fully coordinate and collaborate on all internal security matters, share intelligence, and work closely to preempt any planned acts of violence by extremists on either side. MARTIN: So you're saying Israel would go to the table without preconditions. With the June 1 deadline approaching and national media reporting Trump's plans to renew the waiver even as the president prepares to visit Jerusalem on Monday, May 22, Secretary of State Rex ...

Bruton rules himself out and backs Varadkar

Mr Donohoe declared for his Dublin colleague while refusing to be drawn on what plum job he is hoping for in the next cabinet. "I want to lead a party and a country that can heal numerous divisions that have opened up over the last decade or so".

Russia's anti-cloud program defeated on Victory Day

Following the troops were dozens of pieces of armaments, including a Tigr armored vehicle, a T-14 Armata tank, BMD-4 M Sadovnitsa infantry fighting vehicles, a Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, and the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system, among others.

Trump In Saudi Arabia Signs $110B Arms Deal With Persian Gulf Ally

It also focuses on a modernization of the country's air force. "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to a document that described the meeting, which the The Times got access to via a US official. It was also reported on Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had identified a current White House adviser close to Trump as a person of interest in its probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

US protests 'unprofessional' intercept by Chinese jets

In recent years, the sides have signed a pair of agreements aimed at preventing such encounters from sparking an worldwide crisis, as happened in April 2001 when a Chinese jet fighter collided with a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea, leading to the death of the Chinese pilot and China's detention of the 24 USA crew members for 10 days.

USA and Saudi Companies Sign Deals Worth at Least $43 Billion

Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia's capital Saturday for the first stop on his five-city foreign trip, the first of his presidency. Trump, who landed from Washington hours earlier, was slated to attend a welcoming ceremony and a lunch with Saudi King Salman .

Trump says special counsel will hurt 'our country'

Comey was subsequently fired by Trump himself over his handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation, or so the White House says. Trump later told NBC that he was going to fire Comey no matter what Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recommended.

Flynn blocked military move Turkey opposed

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be special counsel investigating Russian efforts to influence the US presidential election. But President Trump contradicted that during an interview with NBC's Lester Holt. The White House is rejecting the report but prominent Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff wants Mr Comey to explain what happened.

Donald Trump willing to try engagement with N.Korea, on conditions: Seoul

China has strongly opposed the U.S. THAAD anti-missile system deployed in South Korea to counter the threat from North Korea, saying it can spy into its territory, and South Korean companies have been hit in China by a nationalist backlash over the deployment.

USAF: Chinese intercept of US plane 'unprofessional'

China rejected that view. "This flight was no exception", she said. In a follow-up email Friday, PACAF spokeswoman Lt. Col. Lori Hodge said that the Air Force considered the encounter unprofessional " due to the maneuvers by the Chinese pilot, as well as the speeds and proximity of both aircraft ", but declined to describe them further.

Trump told Russians firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure on him

Mr Trump met the Russians on May 10th, the day after he fired Mr Comey. It came two days after Mr Rosenstein named Mr Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Rosenstein: Comey Routinely 'Usurped' the DOJ

He says he hopes Comey's testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen since Comey was suddenly dismissed last week by President Donald Trump. President Trump on Friday said his first global trip since taking office has "historic significance" for the USA, departing amid swirling controversy at home over the probe into Russia's interference in the election.

President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

After a royal banquet, Trump and the king were to have private talks and participate in a signing ceremony for a number of US-Saudi agreements, including a $100bn deal for Saudi Arabia to buy American arms. But fresh news reports about the Russian Federation investigation surfaced shortly after Mr Trump departed and threatened to overshadow the nine-day trip.

World Leaders Congratulate Macron on French Election Win

With 33.9 percent of the vote, his rival Marine Le Pen garnered the support of more than 10 million voters, a stunning record for her far-right party National Front. Despite the joy and sense of relief many felt in France when the outcome became clear Sunday night, the picture is not all rosy. However, French voters had opted for a "future in Europe rather than in resentful isolation" and delivered "a victory of hope and optimism over fear and reaction", said the newspaper, which has been ...

India Calls for Early Resumption of Israel-Palestine Talks

India, which has traditional ties with the Arab world and has supported the Palestinian cause for decades, established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992. The two sides signed five agreements to enhance co-operation in the areas of agriculture, sports and youth affairs, health sector, information technology and electronics.

The Russia & Trump Investigation Involves A Possible Cover-Up, Congress Hears

He says he thought that move was appropriate and produced a memo summarizing what he said were his "longstanding concerns" over Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation. Shortly after the New York Times reported was published, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, asked the head of the committee, Republican Rep.

Afghan officials: 2 killed after gunmen storm bank

Abdul Wali, the governor, told journalists after the attack that all three attackers were killed. An unknown number of attackers struck a bank in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. Aminullah Amarkhail, the province's police chief. He said clashes between the security forces and the insurgents continued for nearly three hours before they were eliminated.

Ex-FBI Director James Comey Hid Among Curtains to Avoid Trump

At times , according to Wittes, that included phone calls from Trump just to "chit-chat". A Washington Post report , citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said a senior Trump adviser is now considered a "person of interest" in the law enforcement investigation into whether Trump's campaign associates coordinated with Russian Federation in an effort to sway the 2016 election.

FBI probe moves into White House, report says

The Times reported on Friday that, in a recent Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, Trump called Comey a "nut job," and said that firing him relieved the "great pressure" he'd been feeling "because of Russia". Chairman Richard Burr noted that the testimony should help to clarify the recent events related to the Russian Federation probe. According to his testimony, Rosenstein said that he learned Trump "intended to remove director Comey and sought my advice and input" on May 8, a ...

Rosenstein Defends Memo Condemning Comey Before Trump Fired Him

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe. "As to Mr. Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, coming before the committee, if I were Mr. By several senators' accounts, he contradicted Trump's statements that Rosenstein's written criticism of FBI Director James Comey had been a factor in Comey's recent firing by the president.

Trump slammed Michelle Obama for doing something Melania, Ivanka also did

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz greeted him on a red carpet as he stepped off Air Force One, shaking the hand of his wife, Melania, and riding in the USA presidential limousine. Most observers believe the visit will be an overwhelming success because of deep mutual interests on counterterrorism and their respective economies.

China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

One was shot and killed in front of a government building in China, three officials told the Times, saying that was designed as a message to others about working with Washington. The report comes as the US government struggles to deal with documents published by WikiLeaks previous year and investigates ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, which the USA intelligence community has said tried to infer in the election.

N.Korea fetes scientists behind latest missile launch

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday he's willing to help ties with South Korea return to a "normal track" amid a rift over Seoul's deployment of a high-tech USA missile-defense system to guard against North Korean threats.

Assad vows to continue working with Iran after Rouhani win

The Guards hope that a win for Raisi will give them an opportunity to claw back economic and political power lost in Shi'ite Iran's complex theocratic and republican governing structure since 2015, when Iran struck a nuclear deal with world powers that brought it out of global isolation.

Melania, Ivanka Skip Headscarves in Saudi Arabia-Despite Trump Criticism in 2015

He wasn't able to completely escape the storm in Riyadh: at an evening news conference, his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was forced to answer a question about the matter. National oil firm Saudi Aramco said it signed $50 billion of agreements with U.S. firms. While Mrs. Trump dressed conservatively Saturday in a long-sleeved, black pantsuit accented with a wide, gold-colored belt, her below-the-shoulder brown hair blew in the breeze at King Khalid International Airport in the capital ...

USA embassy move would 'end peace process': PLO official

The reunification of Jerusalem was, of course, accomplished in the context of the Six-Day War, and the presidential visit comes in that context as well. As reporters huddled off the House floor questioning GOP lawmakers about the Comey memos, another staunch Trump loyalist, Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, walked by and entered the elevator as he quipped: "Almost sounds like fake news".

Trump welcomed to Saudi Arabia as trouble swirls at home

USA defense company Raytheon will also establish a branch in Saudi Arabia and General Dynamics agreed "to localize design, engineering, manufacturing, and support of armored combat vehicles", the government announced in a press release. President Donald Trump is preparing for a busy day of meetings in Saudi Arabia. Saudi's ruling family grew deeply frustrated with Obama's detente with Iran and his restrained approach on Syria.

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