It is unclear whether Ledgett had direct contact with Trump or other top officials about the Russian Federation probe, but he wrote an internal NSA memo documenting the president's phone call with Rogers, according to officials.
Addressing allegations that he had unreported meetings with Russian officials while he advised the Trump campaign, Sessions said he had already acknowledged two encounters past year with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
It wasn't immediately clear if others have been questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Tonight we have some breaking news about the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA elections.
Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary.
Accounts by Comey and other officials of their conversations with the president could become central pieces of evidence if Mueller decides to pursue an obstruction case. He also denied that he asked Comey to utter a loyalty pledge during a private Oval Office meeting before which he asked officials, including Sessions and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a top White House adviser, to leave the room. Sessions argued that in the context of that hearing, "my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as I understood it". "I have confidence in Mr. Mueller", he said. Justice Department regulations specify that a special counsel can only be removed for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause", and that the "specific reason" must be spelled out in writing. Here are some highlights from the committee meeting if you missed it. "That's the president's prerogative". Why didn't Wyden ask Comey that? "It makes me nervous".
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select. "But we were very, very happy". He cited the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
"But yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Trump added. He said he couldn't "recall" 18 times.
"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because above all they love our country", Trump said at the White House. He did allow for the possibility that he encountered him in a reception that he said was attended by a couple dozen people, though he said he had no specific recollection of that. "It was an important issue".
The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.
A clear majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with the investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion, a new poll shows.
The Trump confidant told TheDC that this wording from Ruddy is clearly an attempt to convince the president that firing Mueller would be a poor decision. He would not say what they discussed.
After Comey didn't let it go, Trump fired him too. "Nice", the president tweeted. "And I have taken no action whatsoever with regard to any such investigation". "So you have to grill them, and people will surprise you how sometimes they'll just spill the beans when they're under oath like that". But the legal question is whether from Trump's conduct and words it can be inferred that he acted with the intent to impede a pending criminal investigation.
Trump is not the first president to be subjected to a special counsel investigation, nor the first president to protest it. But no. The president's friends are now pressing the argument that Mueller must go, too. The very core of the rule of law is that no one, not even the president, is above the law.