Most Voters Say White House Press Briefings Are Necessary

Trump's characterisation was at odds with that of the top Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Republicans (67 percent) were bigger proponents for changes to the daily briefing format, while more than half (57 percent) of Democrats opposed the idea, including 39 percent who strongly opposed it.

During the Congressional hearing yesterday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Coats said, "We assess that Russian Federation is likely to be more aggressive in global affairs, more unpredictable in its approach to the USA".

To hear the president's spokesperson tell it, the two things are directly connected - which is deeply problematic because the White House is supposed to say they're not related at all.

See: White House announces trade deal with China to boost US exports. Democrats have called for a special counsel to look into the matter.

"It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely", McCabe said, adding that he saw no "crisis of confidence within the leadership of the FBI". But on Friday, before a tour of the Thomas Built Buses manufacturing plant, Burr said that, as things stand, Trump apparently was not involved with Russia's attempt to influence the results of the election. "Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it." he said.

"The president has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said.

"Russians have spread this across the globe", he said, adding that the Russian interference in their political system was the main topic of discussion when he met the Prime Minister of Montenegro, which is the latest nation to join.

Trump reiterated to Holt that he had been planning to fire Comey even before he received Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's recommendation to do so. "And he made a decision based on that", Sanders said in an interview with MSNBC. Wednesday: "People in the Justice Department made a very strong recommendation, the president followed it and he made a quick and decisive action to fire James Comey". In a May 9 letter to Comey, Trump said the director had on three occasions assured him that he wasn't under investigation. Schumer said he hoped that Sessions would also speak to senators separately on the firing of Comey.

While the FBI awaits the appointment of a new director to help guide its investigations, including an examination of possible Moscow-induced meddling and hacking, Trump has dabbled in matters of hacking prevention.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election, USA intelligence agencies concluded in January, aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

The swirling controversy has obliterated any momentum from the House passage of the Republican health care bill last week and threatens to overshadow Trump's first worldwide trip, beginning next week, in which the president will meet with leaders in both the Middle East and Europe.

A source familiar with the matter told CNN that Comey was "not anxious about any tapes. if there is a tape, there's nothing he is anxious about".

"You will have that", Mr. Comey told his associates he responded.
"And in fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". Second, he said that the investigation has all the resources it needs. The ousted director has told associates he was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with Trump just seven days after the January 20 inauguration, according to the paper. "We had a very nice dinner". "I can confidently tell you that the majority-the vast majority of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey".

Press secretary Sean Spicer rejected United States media reports that the president sounded out Mr Comey at a private White House dinner in January. But when he stepped aside for spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, the focus quickly turned back to Trump and Comey. McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation. McCabe sidestepped the question, saying he could not comment on an ongoing probe.

Fourth, Trump has said repeatedly that he believes Trump Tower was bugged by the Obama administration during the last election cycle.

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