Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Buried in Comey Memo Report: Trump Asked FBI Chief to Jail Journalists

Freda Brock | 18 May, 2017, 12:53

How many USA presidents have been impeached?

Trump's only scheduled public comments will come during a commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy in CT. Never, ever, give up.

Around the time of Flynn's call with McGahn, the FBI began investigating Flynn on a separate matter: phone conversations he had in late December with Sergey I. Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Or do they stand by their man, their leader, their hero president, as I keep reading on my social media sites by his followers.

As overwhelmed White House staff struggled to explain Trump's decision to tell Lavrov about a specific Islamic State bomb threat gleaned by Israeli intelligence, the New York Times dropped another bombshell.

Mr Mueller, appointed as FBI Director by President George W Bush in 2001, served until 2013 before being replaced by James Comey, who was dismissed by President Donald Trump last week.

"I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability", he said in a brief statement.

Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Mr Comey and Mr Trump.

"With respect to the highly politicized Russian Federation investigation, I would like to see it independently investigated", Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., one of three California Republicans who have called for an independent probe. The Comey notes also apparently included the fact that Trump had clearly exerted as much pressure as he dared in arguing that Flynn was a really "good guy" and he didn't need any of this tsoris.

"Impeachment is the only way to stop Donald Trump, whose corruption and incompetence is placing our country in greater danger with each passing day", said Charles Chamberlain, executive director for Democracy for America, which announced last week that 65,000 of its members have signed off on a petition calling on Congress to investigate and impeach Mr. Trump. "It's obviously inappropriate for any President to be trying to interfere with an investigation".

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In 2004, when Mr Comey was Deputy Attorney General, Mr Mueller and Mr Comey threatened to resign if the Bush administration re-authorised a domestic surveillance program which the Justice Department had determined was unlawful. Those associates said despite Trump's tweet suggesting he had "tapes" of his conversations with Comey, the White House has produced no such evidence. But the president took to Twitter to insist he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining... to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation.

Amid the battery of potentially damaging news stories, calls to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump are being amplified by demands that he should be impeached for the "high crime" of obstruction of justice. "The country is being tested in unprecedented ways".

"My view is that there are a lot of pieces coming together", said Peter Zeidenberg, a former public corruption prosecutor. "It's clear that some in Washington are playing politics and working to harm the presidency through wild speculation and political innuendo, and this fact makes it even more important for the House to take the time to separate fact from fiction".

Flynn made the disclosure to White House counsel Don McGahn during a conversation, The Times said.

Following a bombshell report in The Washington Post that Trump shared classified intelligence with Russian Federation on the battle against ISIS, Vladimir Putin has spoken out on Trump's troubles, calling them "political schizophrenia".

An administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel.

Moreover, under legal precedent from the investigation of President Bill Clinton, President Trump´s communications with White House lawyers may not be shielded by attorney-client privilege.

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Mr Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

There was an incendiary dossier, the firing of a top adviser, and this week, reports that Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into his associate Michael Flynn. McMaster also indicated that Trump could not have revealed sensitive sources or methods.

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