Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

How FBI chief James Comey's unceremonious ouster has boomeranged on President Trump

How FBI chief James Comey's unceremonious ouster has boomeranged on President Trump

Republican Rep. Justin Amash of MI gave reporters an affirmative "yes" Wednesday, when asked if the allegations from former FBI Director James Comey's memo indicating that Trump urged the FBI to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would be grounds for impeachment. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn will meet with the moderate Tuesday Group. Those allegations are already very much in the news thanks to Trump firing Comey - the man leading an investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation - last week.

Green tweeted on Wednesday morning that "on the flood of the Congress of the United States of America, I will call for the Impeachment of the President". In it, Comey said the president asked him to abandon the Flynn investigation, according to a person who was given a copy of the memo and spoke on condition of anonymity.

ABC News has not seen the memo, and Comey has not commented on the matter.

Ryan says a House committee has "appropriately" requested a Comey memo describing a February meeting he had with Trump.

"I'm hopeful we can reach agreement in a bipartisan fashion on how to move forward in a professional manner", Graham said.

King said those who are talking about impeachment right now, in the absence of evidence, are talking about "nullifying an election".

At its conclusion, the president asked everyone in the room to leave except the then-FBI director, to whom Trump made a specific appeal about an ongoing investigation.

The news came within a week of Trump's dismissal of Comey and a day after reports that Trump had shared classified information with Russian officials. The memo's emergence, after Trump fired Comey, had congressional Democrats raising the specter that the president engaged in obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is already calling for Comey's notes to be subpoenaed.

There are multiple open investigations into possible Trump-Russia ties.

Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for the New York Times, wrote that while Trump may not be guilty of the "high crimes and misdemeanors" necessary for impeachment, he had shown himself incapable of governing the country. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

The White House quickly denied the report, saying in a statement it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

The associate also confirmed an account from the Times that Trump vented about media leaks during his conversation with Comey, and that the president expressed support for seeing reporters in prison.

The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials.

A speech was added in Saudi Arabia to provide an "inspiring yet direct" message to the Islamic world, according to national security adviser H.R. McMaster. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.

A US official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.

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