Pro-Trump group labels James Comey political 'showboat' in new ad

Alvin Kelly
June 7, 2017

And House Armed Services committee lawmakers did not raise the issue when National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers recently appeared before a subcommittee hearing on cyber issues.

Comey wanted Sessions to run interference with the White House and what Comey thought were inappropriate requests from Mr. Trump.

The latest revelations came out days before Comey makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the Senate intelligence committee - and as the White House and its allies craft a strategy aimed at undermining the former FBI Director's credibility.

The attorney general reportedly told President Trump of his decision only "minutes" before he announced it, the sources said. In other words, while each episode could be seen as a "ham-handed misstep", the sum of the actions - capped by the Comey firing - could become something much more serious, especially after the President told NBC that he was thinking of the Russian Federation investigation when he made the decision to dismiss Comey.

Coats will testify on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The question of whether the president obstructed the Russian Federation investigation is expected to take center stage this week with Comey's highly anticipated testimony on the Hill on Thursday.

The ad reflects Trump's attempts to convince Americans that Comey is not credible. Hale said in a statement: "Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President". Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, declined to answer when asked if Mr Trump still had confidence in Mr Sessions.

Senator Mark Warner, the intelligence panel's top Democrat, said Trump would have violated longstanding guidelines if he pressured Comey to drop or slow-walk an investigation.

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The Kremlin denies USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Trump's favor, including by hacking into the emails of senior Democrats.

Flynn was sacked after less than a month because of revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States. The Washington Post reported that Trump asked both men, in separate conversations, to publicly state that there was no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.

A Coats spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. He called Mr. Comey a "showboat" during a TV interview and followed up by reportedly telling Russian officials visiting the White House that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief was a "nut job". By comparison, Comey met alone at least twice with President Barack Obama.

The probe has hung over Trump's presidency since he took office in January and threatens to overwhelm his policy priorities.

Trump has denied asking that question, but told Fox News that it would not have been a bad question if he did. Coats, who was preparing for his confirmation hearing, felt blindsided, officials said. He "will leave the legal analysis for others", a source tells CNN.

"I expect us to ask him questions to be sure that we get all of the answers we need, not just the answers he wants to give", he said.

Some Trump aides have argued that the controversy is overblown and Trump's decision not to say those words doesn't matter, because of course the U.S.is committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. He said the Trump administration has not directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to withhold information from members of Congress conducting oversight.

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