"He's already admitted publicly himself that he'd already chose to fire Comey and has also said he did so to end the Russian Federation investigation", Akerman said, pointing to an interview Trump did with NBC News' Lester Holt last month. The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.
The Senate intelligence committee won't probe whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice over the FBI's investigation into his former associates and their contacts with Russian officials, leaving the criminal inquiry to special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mr Flynn was forced out in February after he misled the vice-president about his conversations with Russia's ambassador before Mr Trump took office.
Trump blasted the article on Twitter, saying "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Witch Hunt" - showed that Trump "is trying to change his story" about firing Comey, which is bound to "really hurt him" in the probe, attorney Nick Akerman, who worked as an assistant special prosecutor during Watergate, explained to The News.
Putin echoed Trump's criticism of Comey, saying it was "very strange" a former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief leaked details of his conversations with the USA president to the media through a friend.
Thursday night, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released a statement on anonymous sources in media reports, echoing sentiments the president often expresses. The New York Times also reported the story.
In a hearing Wednesday, senators will focus on Russia's cyber efforts against USA election systems in 2016, potential threats in upcoming elections and whether the U.S.is prepared to defend against those threats.
Bodies of 7 US Sailors Found in Damaged Part of USS Fitzgerald
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a sympathy message to President Donald Trump over the fatal collision involving a U.S. Navy destroyer. "But most importantly, taking care of our sailors and the families as we work through this as a Navy family".
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The news comes one day after Rosenstein affirmed his support for the special counsel, despite recent reports that Trump was weighing Mueller's dismissal.
The memo that Mr. Comey drafted in which he detailed ways in which the president might have acted improperly to influence an ongoing investigation is confirmed to exist, but it has yet to be turned over the Congress.
"You and I agree that the American people deserve a full accounting of attempts to meddle in both our democratic processes and the impartial administration of justice ..."
In a statement many have described as "odd", Rosenstein warned the US public to "exercise caution" before trusting media reports citing anonymous officials, despite the fact that the Trump administration continues to use them in official statements to the media.
Feinstein has said the Judiciary Committee should investigate, but had asked Grassley to keep the investigations separate.