Monday, 20 November, 2017

Trump reportedly asked ousted FBI director to drop Flynn investigation: memo

Freda Brock | 19 May, 2017, 01:01

Mr Trump has seemingly admitted to sharing sensitive information with Russian officials, sparking renewed calls for his removal.

Both allegations came from anonymous sources, and the White House was quick to denounce the leaks and deny any impropriety, insisting the president never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor did he make inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

McMaster said Trump took the decision on sharing information during the conversation with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov last week when they were discussing fight against the Islamic State.

But it adds: "If the President gave this information away through carelessness or neglect, he has arguably breached his oath of office". Republican congressional leaders had resisted the idea, and there had been no clear sign that Trump or his top White House aides were about to announce it.

On Tuesday, an associate revealed that Comey had written a memo in which he described Trump asking him to shut down an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Nearly half of USA voters support impeaching President Donald Trump, outnumbering for the first time voters who would oppose his impeachment, according to a new poll published Tuesday. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

But, May said she remained confident in the special relationship, highlighting the need to cooperate with the United States and other allies to counter the security threats posed by Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

Mr Putin said that Moscow initially found debates about Russia's meddling in U.S. politics "funny", but said Moscow is now "concerned because it is hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., echoing statements by Republicans and Democrats, said Tuesday that reports that President Donald Trump had shared classifie.

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It also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to give the committee any notes Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the election.

Criminally speaking, obstructing justice applies to a variety of scenarios - like threatening a juror, retaliating against a witness, or impeding a grand jury proceeding - and Trump's alleged request would not fit neatly into any of them, legal experts said.

"He was using his power to do that, and when James Comey didn't go along with him, when he wasn't his boy, he fired him".

In a series of morning tweets, Trump declared he has "the absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. But to bring an obstruction charge, a prosecutor would have to show the president was trying to "corruptly" influence the investigation, and proving an improper intent can be hard.

A third - Richard Nixon - also faced impeachment after the Watergate scandal, but resigned before the Articles could be passed.

What does impeachment mean for Donald Trump?

There is no sign the FBI's Russian Federation investigation is closing.

Impeaching Trump would require a significant number of Republicans to come around to Amash's line of thinking.

"They do as little as humanly possible just to claim that they're doing something", Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in reference to Congressional Republicans.

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