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GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey

20 May 2017

The White House quickly fired back against Comey's memo, saying 'the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn'. His Twitter feed, which has been a much-used mode of reply to negative news coverage, was quiet.

Spicer spoke aboard Air Force One following Trump's remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT.

"I spoke to him [Lavrov] today", he said. "No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly". At their news conference, Ryan and other House Republican leaders talked about National Police Week and their plans to overhaul the U.S. tax code before reporters raised questions about the Trump controversies. The only comment came in the form of a brief written denial.

Some doubt whether Trump, a businessman-turned politician who never held elective office before becoming president in January, is ready for a smooth presidential debut overseas.

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John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale". Now, that could have been the investigation they were talking about.

The vice president and two spokesmen for the White House said Comey was removed from office on recommendations from Justice Department leaders, who were unhappy with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016.

Trump's plea on Flynn's behalf - perhaps it was prompted by the belief that his aide was a "good guy", perhaps by fear about what goods that good guy might have on him - is the mirror image of his debate pronouncement that "if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation". "Concerns about our national security, the rule of law, the independence of our nation's highest law enforcement agencies, are mounting in this land", Schumer said.

The US Senate has the final say in Congressional impeachment proceedings, a process that Democratic lawmakers in both houses of Congress are calling for. "This is where I stand, I will not be moved".

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"Unfortunately the administration has given such conflicting information, the president's own tweets at times seem to contradict the statements made by staff", she said. Congressional aides said the panel was still negotiating with Flynn to obtain them.The House Intelligence Committee requested more documents from the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation related to its Russian Federation probe.Russia has denied US intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

This would not be the first time Comey had the foresight to document an exchange that later sparked a major White House controversy. Richard Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat.

"We are watching in real time an obstruction of justice case unfolding and the president of the United States has an obligation to be more forthcoming with any tapes, memos, memoranda, but in the meantime, there need to be subpoenas that will make sure all of this evidence is preserved and produced", Blumenthal said. While that alone raised many, many eyebrows, the allegation that Trump pressured Comey to ease up on Flynn is, as the New York Times described it, "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation".

Comey had been overseeing the FBI investigation of ties between Trump associates and Russian officials, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Angry over the steady stream of leaks from within his administration, he suggested that Comey jail journalists for publishing classified information and expressed his hope that the FBI director would drop the ongoing investigation into Flynn. "There was presumably no conspiracy, no third party involved", Hosko told VOA. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

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