Trump blasts Russia probe, touts ex-adviser Page over FBI, CIA


WASHINGTON President Donald Trump sought to insert himself into congressional investigations on Russia on Wednesday, propelling lawmakers to hear from one of his former advisers, Carter Page, to opposite testimony by directors of a FBI and CIA.

Trump has been dismissive of probes by a FBI and several congressional panels into purported Russian nosiness in a 2016 presidential choosing and intensity collusion with his campaign.

In a array of early morning tweets, a boss quoted a minute from Page, in that he asked to residence a House Intelligence Committee soon and referred to what he characterized as inadequate testimony from U.S. comprehension officials.

Trump indicted Democrats of restraint Page’s testimony, though citing justification though referring to an unclear report.

“So now it is reported that a Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t wish him to testify. He blows divided their box opposite him now wants to transparent his name by display ‘the fake or dubious testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to a former directors of a FBI and CIA.

Trump’s tweets came as his advisers are formulation to settle a “war room” to fight ascent questions about communication between Russia and his campaign.

The White House pronounced on Wednesday it would not answer any some-more questions about a investigations, referring reporters instead to Trump’s outward attorney, Marc Kasowitz.

The president’s gusto for tweeting could mystify White House efforts to tamp down a liaison if a messages seem to residence a investigations.

Representative Adam Schiff, a tip Democrat on a House committee, swatted behind during Trump on Twitter with a anxiety to a president’s acknowledgment to NBC that he was meditative of “this Russia thing” when he dismissed Comey on May 9.

“@POTUS, conclude idea on witnesses though feel we might not have probe’s interests during heart. Ex: Firing FBI Dir since of Russia probe,” Schiff wrote.

Democrats contend Comey’s exclusion was directed during opposition a Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Russia investigation.

CNN reported on Wednesday that Comey would endorse reports that Trump had asked him to let adult in an examination of former White House inhabitant confidence confidant Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia in arriving open testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee.


Trump’s associate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have urged him to twitter reduction and some-more wisely. U.S. Representative Sean Duffy pronounced on Wednesday a Russia investigations were apropos too most of a daze in Trump’s 4-month-old presidency.

“I consider a boss should step aside from any comments, any tweets on a examination and concentration on a bulletin that he ran on,” Duffy pronounced on CNN. “Stop tweeting about it, stop articulate about it and get about a business of your agenda.”

Page, who supposing a duplicate of his minute to Reuters, pronounced a House cabinet deferred an coming scheduled for subsequent week though giving a specific reason.

Schiff pronounced in a matter that he and a Republican overseeing a panel’s probe, Representative Mike Conaway, wish to examination papers before interviewing witnesses.

Russia has denied U.S. comprehension agencies’ end that Moscow interfered in a choosing debate to try to lean a opinion in Trump’s favor, and a boss has denied any collusion.

Congressional committees have contacted a march of Trump associates and advisers to ask information in their probes.

In further to Page, they embody Flynn, former debate manager Paul Manafort, former White House press officer Boris Epshteyn, personal counsel Michael Cohen and spontaneous confidant Roger Stone.

On Wednesday, a House cabinet authorized subpoenas for Flynn and Cohen. It also authorized subpoenas to comprehension agencies seeking annals display that former Obama administration officials requested a “unmasking” of a names of Trump associates who were inadvertently picked adult in top-secret communications intercepts.

Flynn has also been subpoenaed by a Senate Intelligence Committee.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; additional stating by Mark Hosenball, Jonathan Landay and Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Doina Chiacu and Tim Ahmann; modifying by Frances Kerry and Jonathan Oatis)


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