Thursday, 25 May, 2017

Chaffetz sets hearing with Comey - but can't reach him

FBI Director James Comey was fired last week Trump-Comey row: US Congress demands ex-FBI chief's memos
Freda Brock | 19 May, 2017, 21:05

In a weird twist, Putin went on to offer turning over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats to U.S. Congress if the White House agreed.

The US president is facing enormous scrutiny amid growing concerns in Washington regarding the relationship between Trump's team and Russian Federation. "He is a good guy", is the cause of all the hysteria? "I don't know that you could say the same about the president".

Hours after the report came out, GOP House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz demanded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over any and all "memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have in its possession.

Al Green called for "the impeachment of the President of the United States for obstruction of justice" on the House floor yesterday morning.

When the White House announced that Comey had been let go from his position at the FBI, Trump's surrogates cited a recommendation from deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions as motivation for the move.

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations". 'So, too, was the president's tweet threatening to reveal "tapes" of his conversations with Comey.

Look at each crisis swirling around the White House and every one is a result of unforced errors made by the tweeter in chief.

Fighting back has consumed much of the political oxygen inside the White House, leaving Trump's agenda in doubt.

President Donald Trump declared himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history Thursday, lashing out after a probe into his campaign ties with Russian Federation was significantly strengthened.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

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Fourth-quarter sales jumped 60 per cent to 38.58 billion yuan, the best quarterly revenue since the company went public in 2014. The company, which operates the Taobao and Tmall platforms, announced a US$6 billion share buyback programme over two years.

And veteran Republican Senator John McCain called the allegations about the Trump-Lavrov meeting "deeply disturbing".

Authorities said Russian Federation meddled in November's election to benefit Trump.

The order was signed by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein; his superior, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has recused himself from the Russia probe after revelations that he did not disclose he had met with the Russian ambassador during the presidential election past year.

An administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel. There may be a day when it's no longer politically feasible for Republicans to stick with Trump, but it has not arrived, even though some Republicans are warning that their agenda will stall if the White House doesn't put some of the questions behind it.

If any person other than Mr Trump had shared intelligence with Russian Federation, they would "likely be facing a long prison term", Lawfare adds.

McMaster also indicated that Trump could not have revealed sensitive sources or methods.

Now I'm queasy contemplating what Mike Pence can accomplish as president with the Republican Congress. "He wasn't briefed on the source".

And should that fail, Ackerman said, Trump would have another option: He could issue a pardon for himself.

A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, later told reporters that Moscow had a written record of the conversation, not an audio recording. If we are going to survive not just the Trump years but eventually get around to kick-starting the 21st century, we're going to have become smarter media consumers and demand more from both our politicians and the press.

Islamophobic and racist remarks, allegations of sexual assault, and even firing Comey did not seem to cross the line in the eyes of Congressional Republicans, but Comey's memo could still be a game-changer if - and only if - Republicans care more about their country than about keeping Trump in power.

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