Trump accused of asking FBI to end Michael Flynn investigation
Trump accused of asking FBI to end Michael Flynn investigation
18 May, 2017, 12:04
King, an independent from ME, spent several minutes speaking with CNN host Wolf Blitzer after The New York Times broke the story about a memo that people familiar with the matter say Comey wrote after a February meeting with Trump in the Oval Office.
"That doesn't become" a case of obstruction of justice", he said. Comey created several memos of encounters with Trump to ensure that a record would exist of conversations he found odd or troubling, according to the person.
"On a day when we thought things couldn't get any worse, they have", the Democrat representative from NY said in a brief speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
One official said that a "conversation of that nature" did not happen.
The White House has denied the allegation.
"I think the most important thing is for the president to pick somebody who's apolitical, who clearly has a deep law enforcement background", Mr McConnell said. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey", the official said requesting anonymity.
The report has put a new complexion on Trump's firing of Comey, a move he later confided to NBC News was motivated by anger over the Russian Federation probe.
He reportedly shared the memo with top Federal Bureau of Investigation associates. "Close it down" is an instruction to stop investigating. "That's what Watergate was", Toobin added.
"It's wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people", National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster told reporters at the White House. The associate has also confirmed that Trump asked Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave the room before discussing Flynn. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation. "He wrote down every word Trump said to him as soon as he could", the friend said.
The source did not know how many memos Comey had written.
Gergen, who advised two US Presidents who faced impeachment processes - Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton - says it appears Donald Trump was intentionally trying to influence the direction of the FBI's probe into Flynn.
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"He would love to have them", the source said.
"All the Comey memos should be turned over to Congress, any unclassified memos should be released to the public and President Trump should submit to investigators the tapes with which he threatened Mr Comey", he demanded.
And Donald Trump says the meeting with the Russians went well.
Some Republicans joined Democrats' call for the White House to give lawmakers a full briefing on the meeting, including transcripts. Many observers have questioned this account, suggesting that Trump might instead have tried to hinder an ongoing FBI investigation into ties between Trump's team and Moscow.
The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, Jason Chaffetz, said a letter had been drafted giving the Justice Department until May 24 to hand over copies of any communications between Mr Comey and Mr Trump.
Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. But there was no attempt to rush to the President's defense as he digested the latest stunning news.
The mood among Republicans was dark.
Some see the reports of the memo as bolstering calls for a special counsel to investigate the president's conduct and possible ties to Russian Federation.
Now, there's reason to believe that impeachment isn't likely as long as the Republican majority sees a benefit in protecting Trump.
"He's around and the best evidence of what happened in that meeting would be to call him as a witness", said Barbara McQuade, former US attorney for the Eastern District of MI.
Republican senators have also expressed some frustration with questions of credibility now surrounding the White House while simultaneously derailing the GOP agenda and messaging.
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Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), one of Putin's vocal defenders in Congress, McCarthy told NBC News it was a "bad attempt at a joke". But barring recordings, a memo still becomes a case of "he said, she said", said former prosecutor Jonathan Lopez.
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