Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation
18 May, 2017, 11:09 | Author: Jonathon Greene
Here's the White House response: "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 statement said.
Does the firing of FBI director James Comey (who led the FBI investigation into possible ties between Donald Trump, his associates and Russia), the explanations provided for this by the administration, or the reported Comey memo which allegedly states that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn provide any grounds for legal proceedings against President Trump? "The president's legislative agenda is lying in ruins on the floor of this building".
"Speaker Ryan has shown that he has zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation into President Trump".
With news coming at such a fast clip, it's hardly worth speculating one way or the other as to how this may unfold.
Mueller was appointed Wednesday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had faced criticism as the author of a memo that preceded Comey's firing.
Some Republicans also called for action, asking Comey to speak to Congress and demanding that any memos or recordings of his conversations with the president be presented to them. "I need to see it sooner rather than later". He is a good guy. I hope you'll let this case against him go-case! The context of these remarks is crucial.
Rep. David Valadao, who represents a San Joaquin Valley district where Clinton beat Trump by 15 percentage points, was careful not to say much on the issue.
Trump allegedly cleared Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Vice President Mike Pence out of the Oval Office in February so he could convince James Comey to call off the bureau's investigation into Flynn's potential ties to Russian Federation. For the first time, the Comey memo pushes the litany of controversies surrounding Trump into the scope of the United States criminal code.
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, wrote a letter to McCabe on Tuesday demanding all Federal Bureau of Investigation memos and other records documenting communications between Comey and Trump by May 24. But I'm not sure Americans can wait another week for this particular memo.
Most Republicans have said the current Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and investigations in the Republican-led Congress into the Russian Federation matter are sufficient. House Republicans, including Georgia's Barry Loudermilk, are calling on him to do so. He is at the center of the most significant executive-branch crisis in decades.He needs to come before Congress and explain himself on the record, sparing no detail. That would surely include Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.
The comments are the latest sign that the Republican party is maintaining its support despite a series of explosive revelations in the last 24 hours that have led to calls from some Democrats for the president's impeachment. Whether he is guilty is a separate action for the U.S. Senate to decide.
The plan was eventually approved by the Trump administration, but not until after Flynn had been fired. If there are, those need to come out as well. One official said anonymously that Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies".
Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey's associates.
Fourth, a Washington Post report had Trump revealing highly classified intelligence information pertaining to the activities of a US partner to the Russians that could put allies in jeopardy. That last part especially irks. (Though it must be said that other reporting suggests that Israel is not happy about Trump's disclosure, which contradicts McMaster.) The question going forward is whether McMaster or other key administration figures will continue to offer such defenses. On Tuesday, people close to the matter said Comey kept detailed notes of his multiple conversations with Trump.
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