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Democrats call for Donald Trump's impeachment on US House floor

Francis Olson | 19 May, 2017, 23:13

Former General Mike Flynn disclosed to then-President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team in early January 2017 that he was under federal investigation for his lobbying work for Turkey, according to a Wednesday report from the New York Times. If so, voters may have to accept the disheartening news that not much has changed in Washington since Mr. Trump stormed into town promising to "drain the swamp".

Comey's memo, stemming from a February meeting with the president, has intensified calls for Comey to speak out, and for Congressional Republicans to scrutinize Mr. Trump's White House.

Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, countered that Mr Ryan and the Republicans had shown "zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

On Monday, Trump reportedly relayed highly classified information from a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria during his meeting with senior Russian officials in the Oval Office last week. Flynn always believed that Trump would win.

A combination photo shows former U.S. FBI Director James Comey testifies over investigation into Hillary Clinton's email system, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on July 7, 2016, and U.S. President Donald Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch as the new justice for the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., the United States, on January 31, 2017. Chaffetz was the first to announce Comey reopened the inquiry into Clinton's emails days before the 2016 election. Chaffetz was among Republican congressmen assigned to the Benghazi select committee investigating the deaths of four Americans during a 2012 terrorist attack in Libya. "Why is he not doing the same here?" he asked.

The White House on Tuesday sought to tamp down the controversy with national security adviser HR McMaster telling reporters that what the president shared with the Russian officials "was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged". "Instead, he appears to have minimized any oversight whatsoever", Cummings said.

Cyber attack could spark lawsuits but not against Microsoft (MSFT)
Back up your computer and store the safety version in the cloud or on a drive that is not connected to your computer. Security experts believe that WannaCry has initially infected computers by getting people to download it via email.

On Capitol Hill, there were signs that Republicans, who mostly held the line after Comey's ouster, were growing alarmed by Trump's White House operation and impatient for something to be done about it.

In another tweet Thursday morning, he claims, "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!"

"There's clearly a lot of politics being played", Ryan said. The letter to acting FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe gave the FBI one week to produce the records. McCabe has replaced Comey, who was sacked last week by Trump.

Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.

On Tuesday, Chaffetz said he had his "subpoena pen ready" if legal action is necessary to force the release of Comey's memos. 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.

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