Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

First Republicans talk possibility of impeachment for Trump

It is unclear if he knew about Comey's memo, but the Times said it was shared with senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

The tumult in Washington deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

United States stocks were on track for their worst day in nearly two months and the dollar dropped as investors fled risky assets amid uncertainty about the president's ability to deliver on tax and regulatory changes.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan insisted the Republican legislative agenda was not becoming paralysed.

As for Comey, whom Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo.

In Trump's case, Democratic lawmakers say Trump's attempt to end the FBI's investigation amounts to "obstruction of justice" - and would seek impeachment on that charge.

A MI congressman has the distinction of being the first Republican lawmaker to acknowledge a possibility for impeaching President Donald Trump.

"But everybody gets a fair trial in this country", Amash added as he left a House GOP conference meeting.

News yesterday of Trump's request of Comey immediately renewed concerns from congressional Democrats that Trump was trying to obstruct an investigation that's been examining potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

But impeachment is a lengthy process that's only happened twice in all of US history.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday asked the FBI to provide memos related to former FBI Director James Comey's dealings with his superiors in the Trump and Obama administrations.

But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

The controversy comes amid existing investigations into whether Trump's aides colluded with Russian Federation during the election campaign.

Trump has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians after media reports of the meeting alarmed some USA and foreign politicians.

The news comes amid reports Mr Trump tried to influence an investigation into his team's dealings with Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, tensions on Capitol Hill are mounting after Trump seemed to undercut the White House's response to the Comey firing, saying that he was considering the "Russia thing" when he decided on termination.

The allegation plunged the White House into a fresh controversy just four months into Trump's tenure.

President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Groton, Connecticut, May 17, 2017.

Vladimir Putin has waded into the growing row surrounding US President Donald Trump and his links to Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, "Democrats are calling on Republicans to join them in calling for an independent investigation", said Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington, DC.

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