Trump embarks on trip without naming Federal Bureau of Investigation chief
Trump embarks on trip without naming Federal Bureau of Investigation chief
20 May, 2017, 07:04
In a late-breaking story from the New York Times on Thursday night, reporter Michael Schmidt noted how James Comey was repeatedly approached by Donald Trump and his associates, in an apparent bid to develop a congenial relationship between the president and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. The White House has said the firing was unrelated to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. "Comey understood Trump's people as having neither knowledge of nor respect for the independence of the law enforcement function".
Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin echoed McCaskill, saying Rosenstein told lawmakers that he knew of Trump's intent the day before he wrote a document that the White House initially said was the main reason Comey was dismissed.
Asked about possible obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel would "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point".
"Those answers really need to be given to the American people in public under oath", Blumenthal said. Committees in both houses of Congress have invited Comey to testify publicly. "He was insane, a real nut job", Mr. Trump said the next day, according to a document summarizing the meeting shared with the Times by a USA government official.
"Trump fired Jim Comey because the most risky thing in the world, if you're Donald Trump, is a person who tells the truth, is dogged, you can't control, and who is as committed as Comey is to the institutional independence of an organization that has the power to investigate you", Wittes told the NewsHour's William Brangham. The durability and ingenuity of the balance of power among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government set up in the U.S. Constitution more than 200 years ago - reinforced by decades of accumulated tradition in crucial government agencies - has led to President Trump's excesses being stopped or tempered time and again.
Unlike Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel appointed by a three-judge panel to investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton's real estate holdings in the 1990s, Mueller depends on the Justice Department for funding and he reports to Rosenstein, who was appointed by Trump.
"That's why the Deputy Attorney General went out and wrote his very, very strong letter", Trump said while referring to Comey's testimony before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday.
Rosenstein had the responsibility of deciding to appoint a special counsel because Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former surrogate for the Trump campaign, has recused himself from decisions on the issue.
"There was considerable frustration in the room", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee. Trump also met with former Oklahoma Gov. Those memos depict a tense relationship between Comey and the White House. "I believe it. I stand by it". Rosenstein denounced that decision as "profoundly wrong and unfair".
Mr Comey's firing was one in a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous".
Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing. Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller will enjoy certain protections against removal by Rosenstein.
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He said North Korea would stage more nuclear and missile tests in order to ideal nuclear bombs needed to deal with U.S. North Korea is the rogue nation that has long envisioned uniting the two Koreas through the use of force.
The highly integrated nature of the North American supply chain presents a major obstacle to unwinding the agreement. The president has vowed to negotiate a better NAFTA - or to walk away from the agreement if he can't get one.
While they do not reveal anything about the new series, they show people and places that are familiar to long-time fans. It is simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious, something very few writer/directors can pull off like Lynch can.
An emotional President Moon Jae-in made the comments Thursday during an event in Gwangju marking the anniversary of the massacre. Chinese official media quoted Xi as saying China is committed to resolving any issues through dialogue and coordination .
The top United Nations court also said that Pakistan should have given consular access to India as per Vienna Convention. A Pakistani court had earlier sentenced him to death after being convicted of espionage.
They now have a $62.00 price objective on the digital content provider's stock, up from their previous price objective of $58.00. The Return on Equity (ROE) value stands at 0%. (NASDAQ:YHOO) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 18th.
Asked what happened, one man bleeding profusely from a cut to his forehead said, "The Turks, the Turks, the Turks attacked us". Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the violence. "That's something we will not tolerate her in Washington, D.C", he said.
Video appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest this week while Erdogan was visiting Washington . USA expresses concern in "strongest possible terms" after violence erupted outside the Turkish embassy.
Davenport hit.369 in 22 games against teams in the RPI top 75, with a.662 slugging percentage and a.423 on-base percentage. Wallace is the third catcher in program history to be chosen on the first team and the 17th selection overall.
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Ivanka Trump to take part in presidential trip
Friday's report quotes Mr Trump calling ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey "crazy" and "a real nut job". McMaster said at a news conference Tuesday. "Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion", he replied.
Lib Dems highlight second EU referendum in manifesto
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Trump to dive into Mideast conflict on first presidential trip
The new U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, departed from diplomatic protocol by visiting the Western Wall on Monday. Moving the embassy would likely indicate a change in USA policy towards recognizing Israel's claim to a united Jerusalem .
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The Ecuadorean government welcomed the decision and in a statement called on Britain to grant Assange safe passage to Ecuador. He also fears being extradited to the United States , where he is under investigation for leaking classified US documents.
Dem calls for Trump impeachment on House floor
Speaking to US Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT , he said: "No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly". Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Trump had not passed on any secrets to Lavrov.