Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump's Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe

The Comey firing: Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fabricate an argument for why it was completely reasonable for the President to fire FBI Director James Comey - even in the midst of Comey's ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, it's everyone else's fault but Trump's that the White House's credibility has taken a severe beating nationwide, while the president's approval ratings continue to plunge to new lows. Flynn was later fired by the president after it was disclosed that he had contacts with Russian officials and then misled others about them.

Several sources close to Flynn and to the administration tell The Daily Beast that Trump has expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI's investigation in Flynn's favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity-a scenario some of Trump's closest advisers in and outside the West Wing have assured him absolutely should not happen...

Buried in the Times report is a note that Trump asked Comey to consider imprisoning reporters for publishing classified information.

"We've got a lot to ask him about", Lynch said. "We can't just rely upon selective leaks and reports". He said that though he was personally fond of Comey, "I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader". Other Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Rayn, have questioned why Comey did not act on the issue.

Grassley added it was likely the Judiciary Committee would hold a hearing on the matter.

The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor.

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

Reports suggest Comey had asked for a substantial rise in funding and personnel for the Russian probe and was scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11.

Reuters reports that after the election, Flynn, who was forced to resign for misleading officials about the nature of his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, was trying to establish a "back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the us national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations". The article noted that Mr. Comey was known among his closet advisers to document conversations that he believed would later be called into question.

In an off-camera briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly refused to comment on specific allegations but at one point appeared to confirm intelligence was passed on.

"They say that you [the US] can not make any use of sensitive information without any coordination or without asking my [Israel's] permission", he told journalists in a call organised by The Israel Project, a pro-Israel advocacy group. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, who lead Judiciary's subcommittee on crime and terrorism. They were joined in the letters by Sens.

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