Ryan backs Trump, cautions against 'rush to judgment'

18 May, 2017, 10:53 | Author: Jonathon Greene
  • Trump Administration Doubles Down on Comey Firing

The Senate intelligence committee first requested from the Federal Bureau of Investigation copies of his memos, said the panel's top Democrat, Sen.

"Obstruction of justice in the case of Nixon, in the case of Clinton in the late 90s, has been considered an impeachable offence", Mr Curbelo said. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Therefore, says the Justice Department, "it follows that an endeavor to obstruct justice need not be successful to be criminal".

January 6, 2017: Comey is among a group of four top US intelligence officials who brief the president-elect on their conclusions that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election on his behalf. He added: "Whether there are mitigating circumstances remains to be seen". Multiple Senate committees have also called for Comey to testify in public hearings, leading House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to tweet Wednesday that Comey would testify next week. Says he trusts Comey more than Trump. Asked if he trusted Comey or Trump, Amash replied: "I think it's pretty clear I have confidence in Director Comey".

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", the White House statement said.

And in a tweet Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. defended his father.

"I place more trust in the account of Oval Office meetings with the National Security Advisor than I do with unnamed sources", Lamborn said in a statement on social media. The act has to be done corruptly. "After spending this last week in the district I can tell you". One is that Comey may, in fact, be the stand up guy he's presented as a public persona all these years.

So, if Comey believed Trump attempted to obstruct justice, did he comply with the law by reporting it to the DOJ?

Any investigation would pay close attention to the timeline.

The tumult in Washington has deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

Chaffetz said he has always had strong support from congressional leaders.

The Kremlin isn't commenting on the details of the classified information that President Donald Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador last week. That came hours after The New York Times reported on a memo authored by Comey that said Trump asked the then-FBI director end his investigation into Flynn. That's when, Comey later wrote, the president had asked him to ease off Flynn. The person was not authorized to discuss the memo by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether Trump's election campaign had links with Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. polls.

January 22, 2017: Two days after taking office, Trump appears to single out Comey at a White House reception to thank law enforcement officers and others that helped during the inauguration.

"It's falling out of the trees, the evidence", he said.

Republicans outside the White House also hope the trip provides some breathing room from scandal.

In the meantime the House has a duty to start digging right now into Trump's seemingly impeachable offenses before any more potentially irreparable harm is done to our national security. And even if it did, they said, Comey would come out for the better.

July 5, 2016: He holds news conference to announce that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, over her email practices as secretary of state, but criticizes Clinton and her staff for being "extremely careless" in their handling of classified material.

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