Russia probe reaches current White House official, sources say

The conversation happened on May 10, a day after Trump fired Comey, who had been overseeing the FBI's investigation into whether Trump campaign operatives colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The NY Times cited a document read to the paper by an American official. It says the president then told Russia's foreign minister and ambassador that he "faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

Senators said that Rosenstein steered clear of specifics while making clear that Mueller has wide latitude to pursue the investigation wherever it leads, potentially including criminal charges.

At the same meeting, The Washington Post reported earlier this week, Trump had given the Russians "highly classified information" that "jeopardized a critical source of intelligence" on ISIS that came from a key ally, which, according to later reports, was Israel.

"I'm not feeding the flame of any impeachment talk", said Pelosi, who's spent three decades in Congress.

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"We don't lack for questions", Warner said. The idea, the official suggested, was to create a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions out of Lavrov - on Syria, Ukraine and other issues - by saying that Russian meddling in last year's election had created enormous political problems for Trump.

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There was no word on what that record might entail, a question many were likely to raise in light of Trump's recent warning to Comey that he had "better hope" there were no tapes of a discussion they'd had.

The White House has struggled since Comey's firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and who exactly made the decision. "The American people have a right to the truth, free from the Trump Justice Department's efforts to silence it". That testimony examined the justification of the firing of eight USA attorneys during the previous year, and called into question whether Gonzales, at that point the attorney general, was fit to run the Justice Department. "Zero", Trump said Thursday during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", said the statement. The official claims that Trump simply used the topic to segue into creating a sense of obligation with Russian officials and to coax concessions out of Lavrov regarding Syria, Ukraine and other issues by bringing up the fact that Russia interfering in the United States election caused him great political strife.

The Senate Intelligence Committee invited Comey to testify before the panel and requested that the FBI turn over any memos alleging Trump sought to halt the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump is preparing to leave town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions. Comey also says it made him feel "mildly nauseous" to think his actions in October might have influenced the election outcome.

The revelation undercuts President Donald Trump's insistence that his campaign had nothing to do with the Kremlin. Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".

Trump, combative and complaining, fell short Thursday in trying to resolve investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.

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