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USA 'democracy is at risk' - lawmaker wants Trump impeached

19 May 2017

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R, Utah, chairman of the Oversight Committee, issued a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCade Tuesday night.

Democrats and a number of Republicans said they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

Three congressional committees, all led by Republicans, confirmed Wednesday they wanted to hear from Comey.

Here's another critique by Hemingway about another story published on May 10: "Ashley Parker wrote: 'Last week, then-FBI Director James B. Comey requested more resources from the Justice Department for his bureau's investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, according to two officials with knowledge of the discussion'". Those are the documents that Chaffetz now seeks, potentially for an investigation into Trump's alleged obstruction of justice.

Trump came under fire earlier this week after it was revealed that he shared the sensitive intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.

Mr Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

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FILE - In this February 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.

The group has pursued lawsuits against Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by continuing to take foreign payments as president.

"The last person Trump needs to vouch for him right now is Vladimir Putin", Schiff said in an interview with CBS News.

Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but "it is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".

"That was not an accurate representation of that meeting", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the report, based on a source who purportedly had Comey's notes or memo of the exchange.

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Mr Comey "explosive" and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice".

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A separate letter, addressed to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, sought notes or memos written by Comey about conversations he had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to the Russian Federation investigation.

The Post reported that United States officials were concerned that Trump had disclosed highly sensitive information from an ally that contained enough details to possibly enable the Russians to draw a fuller picture of the source.

"The disclosure of highly classified information has the potential to jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security", Sen.

Putin, who still hopes Moscow can fix battered ties with the United States despite a deepening political scandal in the United States related to Trump's purported Russian Federation ties, said Moscow had rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump highly. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.

A US official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.

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USA 'democracy is at risk' - lawmaker wants Trump impeached