Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Comey was prodigious note-taker; more memos may exist, sources say

Comey was prodigious note-taker; more memos may exist, sources say

It follows the revelation Tuesday that fired FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that Trump had asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mentions of the "I-word" picked up in the halls of Congress on Wednesday as Democrats' reactions to President Donald Trump's reported interference in the FBI's Russian Federation investigation ranged from impeach now to wait until more facts come out.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel shows the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's US election "will continue". The news conference shouldn't be especially long, but there's plenty to discuss. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge but his performance can only be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts.

Comey has been in high demand in the two weeks since Trump abruptly fired him, reportedly for pursuing an investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation. Reports suggested that Rosenstein questioned Comey's decision to make public disclosures about the investigation at a key moment in the presidential campaign.

Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah said late Wednesday that Mueller is a "great selection". "Depending on the facts - we should do a thorough investigation - if those elements are met, and it certainly looks like it's very close to the line, yeah, this would be an impeachable offense". White House observers have also said Trump's shifty maneuvers with the media demotivated establishment Republicans from defending him. "And why did Comey wait three months before he issued or reported this memo?" Once he or she leaves the White House, they could still face a criminal case over their actions before, during or after their stint in the Oval Office. It also asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for any notes or memos written by Mr Comey about his communications with administration officials about the Russian Federation probe.

For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation".

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark on Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.

House Democrats who have been pressing for a special counsel to examine possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are welcoming word from the Justice Department that former FBI director Robert Mueller will lead the investigation. But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing.

The top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have invited former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly.

"Okay, so we have the memo", he said in a hypothetical. Central to them is the idea of intent or bad goal, or what Trump may have been thinking when he allegedly told Comey in February that "I hope you can let this go". "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump reportedly said. And even if it did, they said, Comey would come out for the better. In January, only days after the inauguration, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates had informed Trump's White House counsel that Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI as part of an active investigation.

According to the Washington Post's story about the president sharing classified information, enough was disclosed that the Russians could deduce both source and method. "The president must be impeached", Green said. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.

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