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

Majority believe Trump fired Comey to hinder Russian Federation investigation

It simply means the House of Representatives will bring charges against the president, he said a day after the New York Times reported that it found a memo in which the sacked FBI Director James Comey said that he was asked by Trump to stop Flynn's investigations.

Trump also lashed out in the morning on Twitter at the news that the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to oversee the investigation, calling the move a politically motivated "witch hunt" by his Democratic rivals.

US President Donald Trump has denied all allegations that he tried to pressure fired FBI Director James Comey into dropping a Russia-related probe, and called the appointment of a special counsel to probe claims of his collusion with Russian Federation a "witch hunt".

Former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage, a Republican who served under the Bush administration and voted for Hillary Clinton, told Reuters, "It's rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power".

As Mueller investigates the possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian involvement in the 2016 election, these rumors will likely continue to swirl. He also speculaed that Comey may have stayed on, instead of resigning as Trump's Federal Bureau of Investigation director, in order to dig that hole a little deeper. But before the reporter had the chance to finish his question, Trump interrupted him with an assertive "no" and said "next question".

Asked if he thought he had committed a crime or impeachable offense, the president said "it's totally ridiculous, everyone thinks so". "Zero", Trump said, at the joint news conference Thursday afternoon with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

With growing calls from largely Democratic lawmakers that the Trump administration could no longer credibly conduct any investigation into Russian Federation in the midst of Comey's ouster, Mueller was thrust into the picture.

The denials amount to Trump's most extensive, public response yet to the wave of negative reports aimed at the White House and members of the Trump administration.

The White House has denied the allegations of obstruction of justice. A small number of lawmakers have raised impeachment for Trump, but analysts say that talk is premature. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told the Times that "no one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office". "We have to get back to running this country really, really well". "I hope you can let this go", referring to the inquiry into Flynn's actions. And I think it's a very, very negative thing.

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