Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Trump faces deepest crisis of presidency as Comey memo lands

Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2017, 23:38

The Washington Post has confirmed the existence of contemporaneous notes from February in which Comey wrote that Trump had asked him to close the investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and instead focus more on leaks to reporters.

A reporter asked Ryan if he thought Comey should testify before Congress in an open hearing. Until Ryan signals there is a limit to what abuses he'll accept from Trump, though, calls for more investigations should be taken with some doubt that those investigations will yield anything more.

According to the Times, Mr Comey wrote in the February memo that President Trump told him Gen Flynn had done nothing wrong.

"I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the President of the United States of America, for the obstruction of justice", he declared.

The FBI and Justice Department declined to comment Tuesday on accounts of the memo, which was first reported by The New York Times.

November 6, 2016: Trump criticizes Comey's second letter to Congress, saying Clinton was being protected by a "rigged system" and pronouncing her "guilty", despite the FBI's conclusion that criminal charges were unwarranted.

The White House issued a furious denial after Mr Comey's notes detailed Mr Trump's request.

The Comey memo news came a week after Comey learned he was sacked from TV reports while speaking at the bureau's Los Angeles office, which sparked a massive backlash from both Democrats and Republicans.

News of the Comey memo added to tension in financial markets already reacting to concerns about the Trump administration. "That is what Congress does in conducting oversight of the executive branch", he said.

The White House denied the report.

Chelsea Manning Released from Prison
It is widely considered as the biggest breach of classified United States government information in history. Soon after she was imprisoned, Manning came out as transgender and changed her name to Chelsea.

But the White House rejected the characterization that the president tried to shut down an investigation.

Ushakov said "any contacts" with the US president are "important" but he would not reply to the question whether the classified information that Trump reportedly shared with Lavrov and Kislyak was valuable for Russian Federation.

Comey was in the Oval Office for a terrorism threat briefing. That was followed by a controversial meeting between President Trump and high-profile Russian officials.

One thing I learned at DOJ about Comey: he leaves a protective paper trail whenever he deems something inappropriate happened.

He made no mention of Comey in his speech. White House aides did not respond to morning emails, and even numerous president's loyal surrogates were silent.

"We're not going to try and play to the crowd, or meet a timeline", he said. The Times pointed to that famous incident back during the George W. Bush administration when Comey testified that there had been a race to reach the bedside of an ill Attorney General John Ashcroft as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and senior White House officials fought over warrantless wiretapping. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congress last week the investigation is "highly significant" and said Comey's dismissal would do nothing to impede the probe.

With Republicans in control of both the House and the Senate it's more likely Republicans will vote for a day of national appreciation for Trump's hair before they'll go anywhere near impeaching him, and impeachment requires a majority vote.

During a news conference on Monday afternoon, Mr Green accused the President of obstructing the ongoing investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation and said "the mantra should be ITN: impeach Trump now".

Kushner has led daily morning meetings to discuss the trip's agenda and objectives, according to a senior administration official speaking on the condition of anonymity. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, vows to get copies of any memos Comey wrote about meetings with Trump, tweeting: "I have my subpoena pen ready".

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