Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Multiple Congressional Committees Want Comey's FBI Memos And Testimony

Laurie Berry | 19 May, 2017, 15:03

Former Trump aides Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort have emerged as key figures in the FBI's investigation into Russian campaign interference, which has just been taken over by a special counsel, four law enforcement officials told NBC News.

In a weird twist on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trump's discussions. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

The intervention by Putin could turn up the pressure on the White House to provide its own transcript of the meeting. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as US politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

At the end of the press conference, Ryan was asked if he still had full confidence in President Trump.

Trump's meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak came as the White House deals with a series of scandals linking members of Trump's team with Russian Federation.

Asking Comey to let the Flynn investigation go might not qualify as obstruction of justice, but it dances close to the line.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey wants a Democrat to be nominated to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation because "changes are needed at the White House", a spokesman said, according to the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette".

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "a point where it's of Watergate size and scale".

We are concerned that the continued failure of the House of Representatives to take action in the face of this onslaught of allegations will cause significant damage to the faith that the American people have in the credibility and integrity of our committees and the House of Representatives.

Flynn, according to the newspaper, had another conversation with lawyers on the transition team two days later. Adams also argued that any affirmation about information regarding the Times report is an admission that said report exists.

White House: Trump interviewing 4 Federal Bureau of Investigation candidates
And asked if Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from CT was a top candidate, Trump said yes. The 55-year-old Garcia, a registered Republican, served as Manhattan U.S. attorney from 2005 to 2008.

The president in his dismissal letter to Comey said that he "appreciated" that the director had "on three separate occasions" assured him he was not under investigation.

Russia has repeatedly said that Trump's opponents are trying to damage him and Moscow by making what it says are false accusations about the billionaire president and the Russian government which initially had high hopes of a rapprochement.

As the showdown with Bush was going on, Comey, riding with Mueller to the White House, reflected on the impending fight that could be bearing down on the men.

Mueller on Wednesday evening was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election and related issues.

The Senate Intelligence, Senate Judiciary and House Oversight panels have also issued requests for Comey's memos. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

The New York Times first, then The Washington Post and other outlets have reported that Trump had asked Comey in a February meeting not to pursue the Flynn probe and instead go after journalists in leak cases. "What do people think of this?'" the source said.

Comey did not. He was controversially fired by the president on May 9.

Gergen appeared on CNN on Tuesday night (Wednesday, NZT) to discuss the controversies that have overwhelmed the Trump administration in the past week.

This is not the only time a member of the Obama administration reportedly influenced a decision by Comey.


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