Conway says Comey testimony bad for Lynch

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, June 9, 2017. Trump is scheduled to spend the weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into possible contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russia (all times local):
8:15 a.m.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says testimony from former FBI Director James Comey “reflected very poorly on members of the Obama administration as well.”

On “Fox & Friends” Monday, Conway noted Comey’s testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama’s attorney general, directed him to describe the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s email practices as a “matter” and to avoid calling it an investigation.

Conway stressed that Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has said there should be further investigation.

Conway also said Comey’s testimony showed President Donald Trump was not under investigation.

Comey testified that the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign did not extend to Trump himself during the time Comey was leading the FBI. That investigation continues, as do congressional inquiries.

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7:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, says her father felt “vindicated” and “incredibly optimistic” following fired FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony last week.

In an interview Monday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Ivanka Trump says political life still surprises her and that “there is a level of viciousness I was not expecting.”

When asked what she thought of Comey’s testimony, in which he said Trump suggested he drop a probe into former National Security adviser Michael Flynn’s Russia contacts, Ivanka Trump said her father felt “very vindicated…and feels incredibly optimistic.”

She added: “With all the noise, with all the intensity of the media coverage and obviously what makes headlines, ultimately we’re really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president.” She said she’s trying to keep her focus on helping her father change the status quo.

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3:54 a.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing to face former Senate colleagues over his role in the controversy around ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. It’s part of an escalating investigation into charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.

Sessions is scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee and was due for sharp questioning. It is not yet known whether the hearing will be public or closed.

Fellow Republicans, meanwhile, pressed Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does — or possibly face a subpoena.

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