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

Trump floored by Comey bomb

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paused and answered simply "no" when asked if he had concerns about the president's ability to properly handle classified information in wake of the revelations.

President Donald Trump on Thursday denied ever asking FBI Director James Comey to back off his agency's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and the role played by former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgement".

Reacting to the appointment of a special counsel to probe his campaign's ties with Russia, US President Donald Trump on Thursday said a thorough investigation will prove that no such collusion took place. Burr says the panel's members are not surprised and says, "We'll figure out on Gen".

Eventually fired on February 13 for making misleading statements to Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about discussions he carried out with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Flynn has been at the center of a string of Trump-related controversies in recent months.

U.S. President Donald Trump's sharing of highly classified intelligence with Russian Federation could cause a problem with efforts to seek cooperation from allies in dealing with North Korea, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday. Indeed, as USA president, Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that such disclosures broke the law. Chaffetz has said he will not run for re-election and there is uncertainty whether he will finish his term, leading to questions about how effective he will remain as chairman.

Many Republicans, such as Rep. Paul Mitchell of Dryden, have said they want to let the congressional investigations into Russian Federation handle the matter. "Our committee should already be conducting robust and transparent investigations". And he directed a House oversight inquiry into Clinton's email practices and use of a private computer server.

To lawyer Luskin, the talk of criminal charges misses the point. "Why is he not doing the same here?" he asked.

While briefly addressing one question about the Russian Federation matter, Trump said the entire situation "divides" the United States. "Instead, he appears to have minimized any oversight whatsoever", Cummings said.

As Trump's approval ratings have dropped, Republicans are hearing from their constituents that they need to do more when it comes to investigating the president, CNN reported. Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that if the reports about Comey's memo are true, then Trump obstructed justice and impeachment would be warranted.

The letter came after the Senate Intelligence Committee made a similar request for Comey's memos.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump is accused of telling Comey, according to a memo written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, who was sacked last week.

The president said he thought the ousting would be greeted with bipartisan support. The FBI said it has no contact information for him. He then said "the wall" would help stop the flow of Colombian narcotics into the United States, referring to his promised U.S. -Mexico border barrier.

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