GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 20, 2017

Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed.

The development comes as the Trump administration faces questions over why and how the president fired Comey last week as the FBI was investigating whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election. But other legal experts said investigators would consider a series of interactions among the president, the FBI and the Justice Department about the Flynn investigation and a broader counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. His Twitter feed, which has been a much-used mode of reply to negative news coverage, was quiet. As a political matter, it more and more looks that way.

The White House has denied any improper conduct.

Defenders of Trump have been signaling they may attempt to turn the spotlight back on Comey, asking why the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director didn't blow the whistle or quit after the February conversation with Trump. They're also asking whether Comey memorialized any other conversations during the Obama presidency or whether he only made a decision to take notes about Trump.

Senator John McCain says that the ongoing scandal surrounding Donald Trump isn't comparable to Watergate - it is developing much too fast for that.

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged his fellow lawmakers to "dispassionately do our jobs and make sure the investigations follow the facts where they may lead". When a reporter asked afterward whether he still supports the president, Ryan was reported to have answered, "I do".

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. "The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations". "The country is being tested in unprecedented ways". "This is where I stand, I will not be moved". Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also sent a letter today demanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over the memo in question, along with any other records documenting Trump's communications with Comey, by next Wednesday.

Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump.

Of all the potential scandals surrounding the Trump administration, the Comey memo is the one that has the highest likelihood of leading to an impeachment.

The Times report may present the clearest evidence yet that the president has tried to influence government investigations into links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. An F.B.I. agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

The memos and testimony could prove explosive, given reports that Trump asked Comey to quash an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn shortly after Flynn was forced to resign.

"There was no real result".

This is the kind of conversation that rational, experienced presidents know not to have. "But I think most people would say that, alone, would fall short of a crime".

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