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

McCain Questions Rationality of Calls to Impeach US President

McCain Questions Rationality of Calls to Impeach US President

Trump responded by tweeting that as president, he had the authority to disclose whatever he'd like.

"It was a full flip-flop, going from absolutely "false" to "either confirming or declining to challenge almost every key aspect of the account", the Washington Post said".

The White House vigorously denied it all. The West Wing was leaking like a sieve and Trump was powerless to stop it.

The latest blockbuster revelation came this week from fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey in a private memo he wrote after an Oval Office meeting with the president in February.

The top White House official spoke to the Daily Beast on condition of anonymity when asked about POTUS sharing highly classified national security information with Russian diplomats and also the revelation that James Comey kept notes of his dealings with Trump - and there was one memo in which the president asked the then-FBI director to halt his investigation into Michael Flynn over his ties to Russia.

But he says, "you can not let them get you down". He is a good guy.

"So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here".

The Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

The Times pointedly noted in its story that "An F.B.I. agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "the country is being tested in unprecedented ways" after learning of new reporting saying that Trump asked Comey to shelve the investigation. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

Pressure has built on Trump since he fired FBI chief James Comey last week amid an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the USA electoral process.

The Times doesn't mince words about what's at stake here. "The documentation of Mr. Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation", the newspaper said.

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump. "I have my subpoena pen ready".

Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who also served in the Department of Justice under both Democratic and Republican presidents, was announced Wednesday as the special counsel who will oversee the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Kremlin interference in the campaign.

As the White House received the news Wednesday evening that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had chosen a special counsel, they issued a statement attributed to the president.

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