Donald Trump to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

According to the Times, four congressional sources, including Sen.

"I'm told that as soon as Rosenstein arrived, there was a request for additional resources for the investigation and that a few days afterwards, he was sacked", Durbin told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Trump was branded "Nixonian", in reference to the former president who fired a special prosecutor just before he was brought down by the Watergate scandal.

The Department of Justice denies that Comey asked Rosenstein for more resources.

She also says "I am not aware" of reports he threatened to resign over the way the Comey dismissal was attributed in part to the memo he wrote.

The Kremlin on Wednesday downplayed President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and instead focused on ways that Russian Federation and the United States can cooperate on other issues such as Syria.

"There were exactly as many photographers at the meeting as Washington permitted", she said, pointing out that U.S. photo correspondents did attend the event.

Russian listening devices have previously been found in the US embassy and the State Department.

The two leaders agreed they must work together to end the threat posed by North Korea and its despotic leader Kim Jong-un, a White House spokesman said.

Wednesday's meeting will also be the highest level, face-to-face contact between Trump and a senior official from the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin since Trump took office on January 20.

Lavrov said the allegations didn't arise during his meeting with Trump.

But the critical issue of Russian election interference was not discussed, according to Lavrov.

On Wednesday morning, when the United States press pool was assembled unexpectedly in the West Wing, reporters thought that White House officials might have reconsidered and made a decision to allow a glimpse of Trump's meeting with the Russians after all.

The nominee must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Hours after his meeting with Trump, Lavrov insisted that no evidence exists that Russian attempted to influence last year's election or hack the Democratic Party's email system.

The Comey firing, however, may not move the needle much in a world where views on Trump are already well formed, said Richard Miles, who was director for North America on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush. Speaking from Moscow in April, Tillerson called on Russian Federation to take steps towards the agreement by withdrawing separatist armed forces and heavy weapons "so that OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and observers can fulfill their role". -Russian relations are seen by the administration as "at a low point".

"President Trump has clarified his interest in building mutually beneficial and practical relations, as well as in solving issues", Lavrov stressed.

"The president's meeting with Lavrov today".

"Mr. Secretary, the Russians don't believe the intelligence. Who was giving you your manners?"

Lavrov (l.) was apparently not informed about the firing of FBI Director James Comey before he arrived in Washington, D.C.

Comey's deputy, Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran Andrew McCabe, became acting director after Comey was sacked.