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June 23 2017, 03:40 | Alonzo Simpson
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"I very much appreciate former FBI Director Comey's willingness to publicly testify about his conversations with President Trump and other relevant matters", Graham's statement read.
"We did not touch this subject", Lavrov told reporters at a news conference Saturday in Cyprus, Russia's state-run TASS news agency reported. President Donald Trump has been narrowing a short list and interviewing candidates to replace FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9.
He also reportedly said, "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation". Mark Warner, announced Friday that Comey will testify in an open setting before the committee.
Separately the New York Times reported that Trump boasted to Russian officials at a White House meeting last week that firing Comey relieved "great pressure" the president faced from a law-enforcement probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reportedly did not dispute the account.
Trump told those in the room that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director had "become more famous" than him.
Trump later told NBC News that he would have fired Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation and that he had the "Russia thing" on his mind when he made the decision. But lawyers in the White House counsel's office have consulted experts in impeachment during the past week and have begun collecting information on how such proceedings would work, a person briefed on the matter told CNN. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official.
He said he did not intend for the document to be a finding of misconduct or a "statement of reasons" to justify the firing, but he added: "I wrote it".
The Justice Department on Friday issued a transcript of Rosenstein's remarks.
In the remarks, Rosenstein said he learned a day before Comey's firing that Trump wanted to dismiss him.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the memo the president initially cited as justification for firing FBI Director James Comey.
The California Democrat did say, however, that Congress will want some oversight as the probe continues.
Massachusetts Democratic congressman Seth Moulton says Rosenstein didn't "do a lot to bolster our confidence in him".
He said both Republicans and Democrats both applauded when he responded to a question about the ability of Mueller to decide the contours of the investigation. "I am surprised he will do so given the fact we now have a Special Counsel who will likely be investigating matters related to their conversations".