Comey's firing and Flynn's hasty departure - he only served 24 days in the job and quit after reports surfaced that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his communications with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA - led to questions about whether Trump hampered the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election. He just does not want to play by those rules.
The ultimate end game for Trump in discrediting the Justice Department may be protecting himself from being removed from office by playing to Republicans. So I think it's very wrong and I think it shouldn't be done. He also said that Trump did not request a second special counsel.
"I never revealed this conversation to anyone at the Trump campaign - I was uncomfortable talking about it, and I then broke off contact with that government organization representative", he said.
Mueller, a registered Republican, was appointed by Republican deputy attorney general Rob Rosenstein to investigate Russia's actions in the presidential election.
That gesture may give Trump a face-saving way to retreat from what sounded like a plan to order a criminal investigation that DOJ officials do not think is justified. If they had spies in my campaign, that would be a disgrace to this country. As he bragged in an interview with The New York Times previous year, "I have [an] absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department".
Clapper discussed the use of an FBI informant on'The View
Trump said Tuesday it would be a "disgrace" to the country if it's shown that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had spies in his campaign, and that would "make probably every political event ever look like small potatoes". Trump's periodically erupting rage at this perceived betrayal suggests he is genuinely puzzled by the notion that Sessions recused himself as a matter of principle, based on his honest understanding of DOJ regulations.
While the president fumed over surveillance, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stunned some lawmakers by saying she wasn't aware of the US intelligence assessment that Russia's meddling was meant to help Mr. Trump get elected. Comey later testified to Congress that internal reviews found no information to support the president's tweets.
Giuliani also told the Times Mueller's team should finish up their probe of Trump's actions by September 1 so it wouldn't harm the Republican Party at the ballot box in the November election. Like the president, they have an absolute right to fire an official whose performance displeases them.
Zuckerberg has no new answers for EU MPs
By design, though, Zuckerberg answered all of lawmakers' questions at once at the end of the hearing. This is a standard format for meetings of the group, according to the parliament's spokesperson.
Scotland considering another go at independence
Theresa May's spokesman said: "Now is not the time for another divisive independence referendum and there is no appetite for one". Ms Sturgeon was pressed on the timing of a second independence referendum on ITV's Peston on Sunday .
Will Smith will perform the official 2018 World Cup song
Smith is set to join an array of music stars to lend their voice to the World Cup , with each edition spring multiple songs . He hasn't released an album since 2005's Lost and Found, and a new track with Jazzy Jeff in 2017, Get Lit, was a flop.