Saturday, 24 June, 2017

House oversight panel calls for May 24 hearing with Comey

Speaker Ryan People Are Trying to Harm the President...We Need the Facts WH on NYT Report: 'The President Has Never Asked Comey … to End Any Investigation'
Francis Olson | 19 May, 2017, 16:26

Putin dismisses scandal involving Trump sharing intelligence with Russian Federation as 'schizophrenia'.

But Trump defended his highly unusual move the next day, tweeting that he had the right to share information pertaining to terrorism and airline safety with Russian officials, and that he wanted to do so because of "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism". Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed concern bordering on alarm.

Questions over the discussion come amid reports Mr Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Moscow.

"I spoke to him (Lavrov) today", a smiling Putin told a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Interest was hardly limited to the U.S. No less a commentator than Russia's Vladimir Putin called the dramatic charges swirling around Trump evidence of "political schizophrenia spreading in the U.S".

On February 13, Flynn resigned from his post, acknowledging that he had provided White House officials with "incomplete information" over a phone call he'd had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Flynn, who ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days, is at the center of a sprawling federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Jason Chaffetz, the House Oversight Committee has officially invited James Comey to testify next Wednesday.

But Ms May said she remained confident, highlighting the need to co-operate with the U.S. and other allies to counter the security threats posed by Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said the ongoing developments of the last week are reaching "Watergate size and scale."

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the appointment was consistent with his goal of ensuring that "thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead". "There is plenty of oversight that is being done". Ryan added the FBI is continuing its investigation into reported ties between Russian Federation and the Trump administration. Sources close to Comey and who are familiar with the memo said the Times account is accurate.

The newspaper cited two anonymous sources, who claimed that Flynn first revealed his ties to the Turkish government "on January 4...to the transition team's chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel".

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump was "made aware of the situation". New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed that there was no indication the incident was an act of terror.

But Comey did meet for a dinner January 27 at the behest of the President, where sources said Trump asked if he was under investigation and sought a pledge of loyalty.

Anxious to paint Trump's first foreign trip as leader as historically weighty, his advisers have scheduled an ambitious programme, with the president taking a whistlestop tour of the world's most important religious sites. His first stop on his five-nation tour will be on Friday in Saudi Arabia.

"It's absolutely absurd the president supposedly made such a comment and director Comey sat on it for three months", Miller said Tuesday on CNN.

FILE - In this February 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. And politicians have alleged that the sudden ousting was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's meddling in the campaign.

Warner, the top Democrat of the Senate's Russian Federation investigation, would not say if Comey had accepted the committee's invitation - sent Wednesday - but said he was confident Comey will appear.

"Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

Do you think the information in the Comey memo is true? "I hope you can let this go".

The next day, after the Comey news, the official revised their previous statement to say, "We can't even wrap up one Russian Federation fiasco before we're on to the next one".

The latest political storm, coupled with the still-potent fallout from Trump's recent disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats, overshadowed all else in the capital and beyond.

"Mr. Speaker, we can not allow this to go unchecked", Green said.

Citing unnamed sources, the Washington Post reported that Trump had shared intelligence with Lavrov regarding an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes.

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