Friday’s Headlines: Trump denies asking Comey to back off Flynn investigation

Appointment of special counsel could complicate other probes into alleged Russian meddling; European allies fear Trump’s political chaos is undermining U.S. power; Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump; Trump needs private attorney to navigate complex probe, his ex-lawyer says; Trump can’t stop talking about Russia probe, but continuing might hurt him;
 
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Trump denies asking Comey to back off Flynn investigation
President Trump said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, while adding the caveat that he can only speak for himself, and denied asking then-FBI Director James B. Comey to end his agency’s probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein indicated to the Senate that, contrary to the White House’s initial account, he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote a memo that was used as justification for the dismissal.
Appointment of special counsel could complicate other probes into alleged Russian meddling
Some lawmakers worry their committee investigations will be pushed aside for the inquiry by the special counsel. Robert S. Mueller III will have the resources and a mandate lawmakers know they cannot match, and he is the only one who can bring criminal charges — except against the president himself.
 
European allies fear Trump’s political chaos is undermining U.S. power
As controversy overwhelms Washington, there is mounting concern that the scandals could sap the White House’s ability to respond to challenges ranging from Russia to terrorism to North Korea.
 
Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump
Associates say that the FBI director, out of concern that the president was unlikely to respect the boundaries governing their respective roles, fielded practice questions in advance of meetings and wrote highly detailed notes afterward in his car.
 
Trump needs private attorney to navigate complex probe, his ex-lawyer says
The president’s tweets may undermine an effort to claim executive privilege, analysts say. And his need for a private attorney is viewed as a priority because he has been relying on government lawyers, who could be called to testify about private conversations with him.
 
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Trump can’t stop talking about Russia probe, but continuing might hurt him
The president has a seemingly unstoppable drive to fight the investigation, but he has treated it as a public-relations battle rather than a legal threat.
 
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