Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
IT | By Amos Hawkins

Pro-Trump group attacks Comey ahead of his testimony

Pro-Trump group attacks Comey ahead of his testimony

A nonprofit issues group is labeling James Comey a political "showboat" in a television ad set to air Thursday, the day the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director testifies on Capitol Hill.

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo was also present for the encounter, the source said.

According to the Times, former officials say Comey anticipated that the president might ask whether he was being investigated, and consulted his advisers on how to delicately sidestep the question.

The message of the ad reflects a strategy by Trump and his advocates to erode Comey's credibility.

Looking for work-arounds, the White House is handing off Comey testimony response efforts to the Republican National Committee, which has already begun coordinating a messaging campaign at the national, state and local levels to defend the White House from Comey's potentially damaging testimony.

Rosenstein's public testimony will be the first since he appointed - in the face of rising pressure from Congress - former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel investigating possible links between Russian Federation and the election.

The proactive volley from conservatives reveals the high stakes of Comey's testimony, and the degree to which Republicans are attempting to inoculate the president from what could be a damaging performance. Two weeks after that, word that Comey had kept memos of his meetings with the president was reported by The New York Times. Eric Trump told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that the story was "the greatest hoax of all time". On Thursday, Comey will get a chance to fill in some of the blanks with his own account.

A spokesman for Pompeo declined to comment on the closed-door discussions.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to CNBC's emailed request for comment, which was sent outside of office hours. Trump has denied any collusion.

Flynn had served as an enthusiastic surrogate for Trump during the campaign and then was sacked after just 24 days as national security adviser over revelations he misrepresented his discussions with the Russian ambassador to the United States. "The president shouldn't ask about an ongoing investigation".

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After the meeting, Coats conferred with his colleagues but decided against doing as the president asked, deciding it would inappropriate, they said.

According to some key senators, Coats may reveal more about his interactions with Trump, including when the President reportedly urged the former IN senator to rebut the notion there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Donald Trump arrives on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Trump has already been accused of telling officials to deny the existence of evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and his election campaign. Coats, who was preparing for his confirmation hearing, felt blindsided, officials said.

The White House backed away from the idea of naming Feinberg after Coats and members of the intelligence community and Congress raised objections.

Officials say Trump's advisers have since revived their proposal to appoint Feinberg to a senior position, possibly to review the roles of the DNI and other intelligence agencies.

Despite the mounting legal questions now shadowing the White House, Trump has needled Comey publicly.

In an appearance last month before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats refused to provide details about his interactions with Trump.

The back-to-back hearings come as the White House grapples with the fallout from Comey's firing, which led to the appointment of a special counsel to take over the Russian Federation investigation in an effort to prevent even the appearance of Oval Office interference. Under questioning by Sen.

If he comes close to affirming in public the same level of concern that associates have said he expressed in private, it will be an explosive hearing that could further cloud Trump's White House with questions of whether he sought to obstruct justice, a potentially impeachable offense.

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