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

USA lawmaker calls for Trump impeachment

USA lawmaker calls for Trump impeachment

Mainly for how quickly the president shut down a reporter's question about previous stories suggesting Trump had asked former FBI Director James Comey to ease, or outright end his investigation of ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

"I don't think we're there yet", Arizona Sen.

The statute says the attorney general - Rosenstein in this case because Sessions has recused himself - should "give great weight to the views of the special counsel", and inform the Judiciary committees in the House and Senate if he decides something should not be pursued.

Sen. Susan Collins is dismissing the need for an independent investigation of Trump-Russia even though Senate Intelligence chair Richard Burr (right) put the burden for releasing the Comey letter on the New York Times. "It goes everywhere and generally there's not much discipline to them".

In remarks to reporters, Ryan, R-Wis., endorsed ongoing investigations by House committees, and declined to call for a special prosecutor or select committee, as Democrats and some fellow Republicans have demanded.

Trump wrote to Comey that the dismissal was necessary to restore public trust and confidence.

A House majority would be required in order to open an impeachment trial.

And Rep. Mike Simpson, an Idaho Republican, also endorsed an independent commission for the Russian Federation investigation, though he made the distinction that he did not support appointing a special prosecutor.

For now, congressional Republicans are confident with congressional committees handling the investigation. "That's unfortunately just the way it is because it got so partisan".

Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has also signed on to Democrat efforts to create an independent commission. The revelation of the Mr Comey's memo, however, has sent some over the edge.

According to memos reportedly written by Mr Comey, and obtained by the New York Times, Mr Trump asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in a private meeting to "let [the Flynn investigation] go".

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, tweeted on Tuesday: " I have my subpoena pen ready".

Republicans on the intelligence panels defended their ability to carry out their investigations.

However, he said he still has to get confirmation from Comey because he "evidently has a new #".

"I am confident that we will do a good job", Collins said.

Yet despite the anxiety and displeasure voiced by McCain and a handful of other prominent GOP lawmakers, Republicans did not appear poised to abandon a president who remains critical to their goals of acting on health care and tax legislation.

More than one-third of Americans (35 percent) support a special prosecutor, a move backed by 44 percent of Democrats and over a quarter of Republicans (27 percent).

"If you ask me", he said, "one of the main problems in Washington, D.C., is everybody is so busy running around trying to protect their reputation instead of protecting the republic, which is what they're supposed to be doing".

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