Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in open session before one of the legislative committees investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian Federation, committee leaders announced Friday. According to McClatchyDC, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein informed members of Congress that the Russian Federation investigation also now includes the possibility of a cover-up. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the sources said. Previous reports indicate that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, are included in the investigation.
"What I learned and I am very satisfied with is that the special prosecutor will have the breadth of scope necessary to follow any and all leads directly and tangential to Russian attempts to influence our election", Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California told reporters after the briefing. President Trump is scheduled to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
It is unclear exactly how Mueller's leadership will affect the direction of the probe, and he is already bringing in new people to work on the team.
Legal experts said the ethics rule can be waived by the Justice Department, which appointed Mueller.
Trump and his team had originally denied that the Russian Federation investigation had anything to do with Comey's firing, saying it was based on his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
The people familiar with the matter said the probe has sharpened into something more fraught for the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department - particularly because of the public steps investigators know they now need to take.
When subpoenas are issued or interviews are requested, it is possible the people being asked to talk or provide documents will reveal publicly what they were asked about.
"The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media", said Burr. An FBI spokesman declined to comment.
The White House on Friday predicted that the investigation would back up Trump's account.
The contact between Trump and Comey, who was sacked last week and whose memo on an alleged request by the President to close a probe into former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn has caused tumult in Washington, assumes significance in the light of new accounts.
Things have become bad enough that White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures, CNN reported. Several congressional committees are also investigating, though their probes could not produce criminal charges.
The Flynn Intel Group was paid for research on Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who Turkey's current president believes was responsible for a coup attempt last summer. He has also had the full-throated backing of conservative media. So, Comey said, he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the President's hand.
The White House did not dispute the Times reporting on Trump's quote.
The Washington Post reported Friday that someone close to Trump is.
The president has nonetheless seemed to defend his former adviser.
According to a minute of a meeting read to the New York Times, the USA president said sacking Mr Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him.
President Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House on May 10, 2017.
"You'd have to show a corrupt intent to impede or obstruct an FBI investigation and that's usually pretty hard because you have to get inside somebody's mind", Akerman, now a partner at New York City law firm Dorsey & Whitney, said.
"New York Times collaborates with deep state to smear Trump again", read the headline.
That man - Evgeny Buryakov - ultimately pleaded guilty and was eventually deported.
Trump was apparently never on the same page - at all.
Page was the subject of a secret warrant a year ago issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, based on suspicions he might have been acting as an agent of the Russian government, according to sources. He said the post-election scrutiny was making it hard to work with Russian Federation.