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Senate Judiciary Committee also demands Comey memos, Trump tapes

19 May 2017

The New York Times delivered a bombshell report - also confirmed by NBC News - on Tuesday evening that revealed that former FBI director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump asked him to drop the bureau's investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

This news fire hose, a result of errors forced and unforced for Trump, can have consequences - for the president, for his party and the country. Trump later fired Comey, after Comey had reportedly asked for more resources to investigate Russian meddling and its Trump connection. The president's anger contrasted with a more measured written statement released by the White House on Wednesday evening, when Trump declared that a thorough investigation would find "no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

They included media reports that Trump discussed sensitive intelligence on the ISIS militant group with Russia's foreign minister.

"I sit on a House Judiciary Committee, where is where any impeachment proceeding would start, And I have to say if the president engaged in obstruction of justice, that is a high crime. Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

"They've just watched over the last 10 days, people who went out on a limb on the Comey firing and said it was result of the memo from the deputy Attorney General, and had their limb sawed off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch", pundit Charles Krauthammer said.

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"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!". Trump wrote on Thursday morning.

"This is a truth hunt", said Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar. Trump has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory over Clinton.

Trump responded by tweeting that as president, he had authority to disclose whatever he likes. McClintock said he wants to see the memo and hear from Comey before passing judgment.

Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named Mueller amid mounting pressure in Congress for an independent investigation beyond existing FBI and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

"I do think there is a serious problem with leakers inside the administration and holdovers who can't stand the president and will do anything they can to hurt him". The White House has refused to comment on whether such recordings were made. One of the attendees, speaking on condition of anonymity, described Rosenstein as anxious and nervous and said he drank multiple glasses of water "and spilled one".

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"We need the facts", he told reporters.

"I'm not going to sit here and prejudge this thing", Graves said.

When the White House announced that Comey had been let go from his position at the FBI, Trump's surrogates cited a recommendation from deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions as motivation for the move. He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.

Addressing that controversy today, Mr Trump suggested Mr Comey had been fired because he was "unpopular".

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, expressed outrage Thursday at video that appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest earlier this week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

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Asked about possible obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel would "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point".