Trump says appointment of special counsel 'hurts our country terribly'

Trump says appointment of special counsel 'hurts our country terribly'

The Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have invited Comey to testify about the FBI investigation into Russian meddling and any ties to Mr. Trump's associates, as well as the events surrounding his ouster.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week, prompting some to call for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation.

For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation".

The US Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team and Russian Federation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "the country is being tested in unprecedented ways" after learning of new reporting saying that Trump asked Comey to shelve the investigation.

Mr Trump has not directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Mr Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. "We need to get those notes, if they exist, that Director Comey took of this conversation", Schiff told ABC on Wednesday.

File image of Donald Trump.

Trump also changed his story once again about the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing, returning again to the White House's original rationale that he based his decision on Rosenstein's recommendation.

"I think there is, first of all, concern about the damage that was specifically done to Israeli assets as a result of this leak", Chemi Shalev, a columnist for the Israeli paper Haaretz, said in NPR's Up First podcast Wednesday, "secondly, concern about the safety of information that is moved to the United States and angry, then, at the fact that this relationship would be put in such jeopardy".

"You know what I mean?"

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Also on Tuesday, a new poll shows almost half of US voters (48 percent) said they would support Trump's impeachment, while only 41 percent would oppose such charges.

"It's clear that his governing agenda is being sidelined because of the unremitting chaos, the unrelenting chaos that is a fundamental part of Donald Trump and, therefore, a fundamental part of the Trump presidency", said former George W. Bush speechwriter Peter Wehner.

Trump made his comments during a lunch with reporters and TV anchors.

On Tuesday the New York Times reported that Mr. Comey wrote a confidential memo soon after a private February meeting in the Oval Office with the President. Yates was sacked soon after because, the White House said, she refused to defend the president's travel ban in court.

"The country would have to have come to the point where they think the president's conduct is so disqualifying he can be removed from office", Schiff told ABC.

That's the same deputy attorney general Trump's White House initially hung its rationale for firing Comey on. Making the offer, asking Comey to testify is the right thing to do.

A USA official who confirmed the disclosure said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.

When Trump fired Comey, he said he did so based on Comey's very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and how it affected his leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The committee said Thursday it sent a letter requesting material from the FBI and Justice Department related to its ongoing counterintelligence investigation.

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