USA law enforcement uses the term "a person of interest" to mean someone who is part of a criminal investigation but not arrested or formally accused of a crime. Though the story has evolved over the last few days, Mr. Trump has said that "very strong recommendation from the Deputy Attorney General" played a role in his decision to terminate Comey.
The revelation shows the law enforcement investigation is reaching "the highest levels of government", while also scrutinizing former confidantes no longer advising Trump, such as former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Cummings called those memos particularly important after The New York Times reported Friday that Trump had told visiting Russian officials in the Oval Office that firing Comey had taken pressure off the Russia probe.
Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Committee, hoped that Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since he was sacked by Trump last week.
Earlier this week, Burr and Warner made that invitation formal, inviting Comey to appear before the committee in both an open and closed session, despite Comey's indications that he wanted to appear only in an open setting. News reports that Comey had written memos about his conversations with Trump since January have fueled that aspect of the probe.
In reaction to that report, 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".
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"This is what OBSTRUCTION looks like: 'I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".
Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Senate Intelligence Committee are investigating Russia's meddling in the presidential campaign, including whether anyone from the Trump team colluded with Kremlin officials.
Trump has repeatedly slammed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "hoax" and blamed disgruntled officials at intelligence agencies for leaking information related to the probes. During a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, he complained bitterly about criticism he's faced.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered a statement that did not dispute Trump's quotes and instead presented them as the president talking frankly about the "pressure" Comey had put on Trump's diplomatic responsibilities.
"I hope that former Director Comey's testimony will help answer some of the questions that have arisen since Director Comey was so suddenly dismissed by the president", the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said in a statement yesterday.
Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous".