President Donald Trump says he would "100 percent" be willing to testify under oath that former FBI Director James Comey's statements about him are untrue. "No collusion. No obstruction. He's a leaker", Trump said of Comey. "I didn't say that, I will tell you I didn't say that, and there would be nothing wrong if I did say that." "I hardly know the man".
In the past, North Korea has held out until senior USA officials or statesmen came to personally bail out detainees, all the way up to former President Bill Clinton, whose visit in 2009 secured the freedom of American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling.
When asked by Sen. White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not explicitly endorse Sessions' appearance, saying in response to a question, "We're aware of it, and we'll go from there". And asked about Trump's own contention that he fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".
Britain urged Gulf states including Saudi Arabia to ease the blockade against Qatar and to find an immediate solution to the impasse through mediation. The Pentagon said last week that after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed economic and diplomatic boycotts on Qatar , current USA military operations against the Islamic State (IS) group had not been affected, but it was "hindering" the ability to plan for long-term operations.
Mr Sessions said that in the context of the hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it". He also had prior conversations with Comey , who testified last week that, following a February 14 meeting with Trump , he told Sessions that he never again wanted to be left alone with the president.
Sessions , a former Republican US senator and an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, appeared before the committee just five days after Comey told the panel Trump ousted him to undermine the agency's investigation of the Russian Federation matter.
Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled. While Ryan did not say what he and other GOP lawmakers would do if Trump sought to fire Mueller, his words signaled that such a move would not be tolerated and may have been meant to influence the president.
Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller , who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so. Brian Schatz about the scope of Sessions' recusal, Rosenstein said Sessions "actually does not know what we're investigating, and I'm not going to be talking about it publicly".
Gulf Arab nations, with the exception of Kuwait and Oman , acted because of Qatar's longtime support for militant Islamist groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood , as well as the nation's ties with regional rival Iran . On Thursday, Qatar said that is willing and prepared to be isolated "forever" as long as foreign powers don't interfere with its sovereignty or foreign policy.
Saudi Arabia has closed the Qatari peninsula's only land border, threatening imports of both fresh food and raw materials needed to complete a $200 billion infrastructure project for the 2022 football World Cup. The measures have prompted investors and economists to ponder how long Qatar , the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas , can weather the pressure without having to devalue its currency or sell any of its global assets.
He also blasted Comey as "a leaker". According to Mr Comey, the President during a private Oval Office meeting seemingly directed him to drop a criminal investigation into former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn . It doesn't make sense. "The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there are not tapes ", Comey told the senators. "I'll tell you about that, maybe sometime in the very near future", Mr Trump told reporters gathered in the White House ...
Later Tuesday, Trump traveled to Wisconsin where he lamented that Democrats would likely never vote for the GOP health care plan because they were more focused on blocking his agenda. Ever since the second version of the disastrous AHCA was soundly rejected by the American people, Republicans have been busy working on the third version of the bill, hoping that they can somehow please their donors while not causing outright revolt from the American people.
May inherited the prime minister post following David Cameron's resignation last June after the Brexit referendum . The Conservatives won 318 seats - eight less than it needed in order to secure a majority. More people voted yesterday than in any election since 1992, when 33.6 million people voted. Well, May is going to attempt to form an agreement with the 10 MPs that were elected from the Democratic Unionist Party , or DUP.
Exactly . The president's people may wish to conjure visions of Muslim terrorists flooding the country in anticipation of some kind of war, but the evidence just isn't there. "S.C.", Trump wrote on Twitter. Back in April, Trump lied about the 9th circuit's record, tweeting, " close to 80% " of their cases were overturned by SCOTUS.
Portman is leading the charge for Republican senators, expressing concern that rolling back Obamacare's Medicaid expansion program without offering consumers another affordable option would place an undue burden on those seeking substance-abuse treatments.
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However the future for May does not look bright as media outlets and critics, as well as deputies from her own party are predicting her imminent downfall. As European leaders tried to fathom exactly how Britain would begin the negotiations, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble predicted that Britain would regret its departure from the bloc at some point in the future.
Iranian officials said Saturday they had killed the attack's mastermind. He added: "The US must know that the Islamic Republic will not back down from positions such as battling oppression and defending Palestine and will spare no efforts towards defending the people's rights".
Iraqi officials say at least two people have died after falling ill from an iftar meal in an IDP camp outside Mosul . The UN's refugee agency said at least one child had died as a result of the food poisoning and that 200 people needed hospital treatment.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein at a budget hearing Tuesday what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the US elections and possible Russian ties to Trump's campaign. "I don't think donations are disqualifying at all, but if you represented the Clinton Foundation or Mrs. Clinton herself, that would be a bit disturbing", Graham said.
During his public testimony, Comey took some heat for not blowing the whistle when Trump buttonholed him and said he hoped Comey could let go the probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn . He also said he recommended FBI Director Comey's firing based on the Deputy Attorney General's report on the situation at the FBI. When asked what those problematic matters could be, Sessions fired back: "There are none!" There are none, Sen.
Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy stood by his claims after the White House downplayed his comments and suggested he did not know what he was talking about. "If there were not good cause it wouldn't matter what anyone said". Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller ". "I always speak for myself and not the President".
The goal of calling elections, having assured that there would be no election before the schedule one in 2020, after she took over as the party leader a year ago, Theresa May had hoped to strengthen her party's grip on power to be able to successfully negotiate Britain's exit from the EU.
Skeptics of Reagan's 1980s missile defense program, derided by critics as Star Wars, said the plan was like trying to shoot bullet with another bullet. The paper, an official mouthpiece of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, added: "The United States must know our declaration that we can turn the devil's den into ashes with nuclear weapons is not an empty threat".
Following his announcement, reports surfaced that Trump was irate that Sessions had recused himself from any investigation. "The attorney general said he was 'taken aback" by the question, and that he wanted to refute the idea that he had any part of it.
The Boulder City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night to declare the city's "commitment to honor and uphold the Paris climate agreement goals". Trump has said he would be open to renegotiating Paris, something most European G7 nations have already rejected. "I made it clear that the Paris agreement is not open for renegotiation although we are in the phase of negotiating the rules".
India and Pakistan together joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the body of Eurasian states crafted by Russian Federation and China in the aftermath of the break-up of the Soviet Union essentially to deal with security concerns, as full members on Friday at the SCO's Astana summit in Kazakhstan.
Trump who routinely announces policy and snipes at critics at home and overseas in fewer than 140 characters. The tweet went viral instantly, becoming one the most popular posts of the divisive US leader before it was deleted after almost six hours online.
Numerous votes her party lost on Thursday went to the Scottish Conservatives , the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats , all of whom have indicated an unwillingness to support another referendum. James Kelly, Scottish Labour's General Election campaign manager, said: "It's absolutely clear that the SNP have not listened to the result of the election on Thursday".
Such meetings are unusual because the two governments do not have diplomatic relations. Speaking to reporters in Beijing before his arrival in Pyongyang on Tuesday, he said that the issue of several Americans detained by North Korea is "not my goal right now".