But it lead to criticism from Mr Trump's political rivals, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said earlier this week: "If these reports are true, the President's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy".
Despite agreeing to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey declined to testify before the Judiciary Committee. Richard Burr of North Carolina said Thursday.
But, warning that leaks were undermining national security, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: "By grandstanding and politicising the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".
The New York Times cited an unnamed U.S. official as its source for receiving the comments, which had been taken down in notes summarizing the meeting.
Spicer responded, "As the president has stated before, a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".
However, he made clear he did not intend for Mr Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Mr Comey, which is what they have done.
It comes as concerns grow in Washington about the nature of the relationship between Trump's administration and Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation.
Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has also landed on investigators' radar for meeting privately with Sergey Gorkov, the CEO of a Russian state-owned bank, during the transition.
Trump continues to search for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
The Justice Department's newly appointed special counsel, Robert Mueller, was given the authority to investigate not only potential collusion but also related allegations, which would include obstruction of justice. The next day, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The Times reports that Trump's remarks were contained in "a document summarizing the meeting", which it had not obtained but "which was read to The New York Times by an American official".
The announcement comes hours after Trump said he was "very close" to naming the replacement of former FBI Director James Comey whom he fired on May 9. The report said Comey wrote memos describing his interactions with Trump, which he believed were inappropriate.
A USA official briefed on the conversation said Trump was using "pressure" he faced from Comey as a negotiating ploy to win diplomatic gains from Lavrov on issues of dispute between Washington and Moscow - namely Syria and Ukraine.
The new technology will also go a long way in simplifying how controllers access data relative to the plane they are controlling. At 900 miles, the distance between the two airports is over 10 times bigger than that separating London City and Swanwick.
Brazilian President Michel Temer refused to resign on Thursday despite being implicated in corruption allegations. The Brazilian real tumbled on allegations Mr Temer condoned bribery payments to a witness in a corruption probe.
US President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. McMaster called Trump's discussion with Russian diplomats "wholly appropriate".
As at most telecommunications companies, AT&T's wireless business is growing faster and is more profitable than its wireline side. The CWA estimates that AT&T cut roughly 12,000 call center jobs in America and created the same in some foreign country.
The Cabinet official said he will discuss with other members of the economic team - Budget Secretary Benjamin M. People who sell tobacco products in banned places could be jailed for up to three years, the order said.
Crosby took a nasty spill in the first period when he was slammed into the end boards head-first while he tangled with Carlson. Another stunning collapse -this one in five games- may have caused total reconstruction of the Capitals organization.
A slight chance of a morning shower, then sunny with lower afternoon humidity Wednesday afternoon, high in the mid to high 90's. Hail and high winds were reported in central Kansas and tornadoes and large hail were reported in southwest Kansas on Tuesday .
You do not need to do this if you were registered to vote at the European Union referendum, and you have not changed address. Even if it isn't a popular choice, just vote. "The general election registration deadline is fast approaching".
With the woman in tow, the robber made their way around the home and took several items, including around $1.5 million in jewelry. At 11:30 PM on Tuesday three male suspects knocked on the door to his L. home, police officials told the site.
Authorities thwarted an opposition push for a referendum past year and have also delayed state gubernatorial elections. Security forces have fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters who have hurled stones, petrol bombs and excrement.
And this is thought to have helped Mr Rouhani, who received close to 23 million votes out of the 40 million that were cast. Hashemitaba was among the first to predict an outright win for Rouhani as he offered his congratulations Saturday morning.
After a visit later Tuesday to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem , he is due to give a speech at the Israel Museum. And earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Erdogan said it would be "extremely ill-advised" for Trump to move the embassy.
Given the trend of nostalgia and reboots, it should come to no surprise that the Terminator franchise will be receiving more life. Speaking to Screen in Cannes, [.] Schwarzenegger confirmed that he will star in a new Terminator film produced by James Cameron.
Joe Lieberman gives a "thumbs-up" as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington , Wednesday, May 17, 2017. President Trump admitted he thought his firing of FBI Director James Comey would be positively viewed by both sides.
Soon you'll be able to order pizza, shop for clothes, or maybe pay your utility bills using Telegram bots. The update includes three major features: video messaging , bot payments , and Instant View ...
Another full-back, Danny Rose, remains out. "We've got the team, we've got the belief, so next season hopefully it's our year". To do that, they have to do more than keep their current squad together - they need to invest in it, and strengthen.
WannaCrypt renders a computer unusable by encrypting all the files on it and then extorts the user in order to unlock them. Instead of using their skills for mischief, local techies can be tapped in fighting computer viruses and hackers.