Combative public hearings. Damaging leaks.
In conversations with allies inside and outside the White House, Trump, who rarely assumes blame for the crises he creates, has criticised his staff as serving him poorly.
The turmoil will hobble their ability to enact legislation and could ultimately jeopardize their hold on Congress.
Some Democrats have alleged that Trump fired Comey in order to blunt the Russian Federation probe. That is fundamentally a counterintelligence investigation, but Mr. Mueller will be under pressure to bring criminal indictments of some kind to justify his existence.
- President Trump is heading to the Middle East Friday to begin his first overseas trip as Commander-in-Chief.
Several White House advisers and personal associates of President Donald Trump have urged him to hire an experienced outside lawyer to help him deal with issues arising from a surging controversy over whether his campaign had ties to Russian Federation, according to several people briefed on the conversations.
But any break in attention to the topic is likely to be short-lived.
Wittes also exposes some possible tension between Comey and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended to Trump that Comey be fired.
"The entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians".
He said he learned on May 8 that Trump meant to remove Comey and "sought my advice and input".
The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter.
Two days after Trump became president, Comey attended a ceremony that Trump hosted honoring law enforcement officials and tried to blend in with the curtains to avoid being noticed by the president, according to a report by The New York Times. However, that is not what Trump actually said, according to the remarks as reported by the Times.
For Republicans, it is a crisis that will drag on. During the meal, Trump reportedly asked Comey for a pledge of personal loyalty.
"I hate to see anything that divides. The Republicans have to prepare for a long period of torture". Rosenstein said Comey "usurped" the authority of the Justice Department, first with his July 2016 press conference outlining Clinton's alleged offenses and recommending no charges, and second with his October call to notify Congress the probe was being reopened.
About this item, Spicer said, "As the President has stated before, a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity". Frank Keating; Richard McFeely, a former top Federal Bureau of Investigation official; and acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe.
The president has nonetheless seemed to defend his former adviser. "What if it doesn't come in 2018, especially since midterm elections are approaching?" But lawmakers indicated after the Rosenstein briefings that the special counsel-led probe will look at all these factors.
"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" Kushner suggested to Trump shortly after a special counsel was named that he should consider striking back forcefully, people briefed on the deliberations said.