US Lawmakers To Press Intel Chiefs On Russia Ahead Of Comey Hearing

President Donald Trump center gestures during a meeting with House and Senate Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday

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Former FBI Director James Comey is due to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday in Washington, DC.

The relationship between the attorney general and the president has grown increasingly tense since Mr Sessions recused himself from any involvement in the Russian Federation investigation, articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Politico said. However, several Democrats reportedly linked the firing to Comey's probe into the ties between Trump's associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded that Comey's handling of the email probe was more than an isolated mistake.

"The president's going to have a very, very busy day", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the Washington Post.

White House officials had weighed trying to block Comey from testifying on Thursday by arguing that his discussions with the president pertained to national security and that there was an expectation of privacy. A nonprofit issues group is labeling James Comey a political "showboat" in an advertisement set to air on television Thursday, the day the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director testifies on Capitol Hill.

Another thing senators are expected to ask Comey is whether or not Trump asked the then-FBI director for a pledge of loyalty and, if so, how Comey responded.

His comments come as the Hill prepares for Comey's Thursday testimony, which will be the first time Comey has spoken publicly since his firing in early May. 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.

The claim that Mr Comey told Mr Sessions he did not want to be left alone again with the president was published by the New York Times and the Associated Press.

The investigation - now led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in tandem with multiple probes in both houses of Congress - has plagued the Trump administration for months.

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The recusal, and appointment of special counsel, caught the White House by surprise - and were reported to deepen tensions between Trump and his longtime backer Sessions.

Brian Hale, a DNI spokesman, declined to comment on whether Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey regarding the Flynn investigation.

Adding to the drama, a top-secret NSA report leaked to online news outlet The Intercept shows that hackers from Russian military intelligence repeatedly tried to break into U.S. voting systems before last year's presidential election. Spicer discussed Trump's tweets, former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony and other topics.

And since Trump approaches social media with all the subtlety of a wrecking ball hitting an orphanage on Christmas Eve, it's likely that should Comey slate him in any way, he'll unleash a wave of vitriol on Twitter. "Most of Washington, of course numerous Democrats, detested this man until Donald Trump fired him, which Jim Comey said in his own goodbye letter was the right of the president to do", Conway said.

Trump tells Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that "it's not too late" for him to fire Comey, but says that he has "confidence in him".

"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", Trump said.

Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to USA intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign.

"Those were his words", Wyden told reporters.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey, according to the memo Comey wrote describing that meeting.

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