Comey Memo Has Trump White House in Tailspin

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

White House observers have also said Trump's shifty maneuvers with the media demotivated establishment Republicans from defending him.

A New York-born Vietnam war vet, Mr Mueller has a reputation as a tough lawman who once even stood up to a president.

Mr Trump reacted swiftly, without directly commenting on Mr Mueller's appointment.

In a brief statement following the announcement, Trump wrote: "there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

"I look forward to this matter concluding quickly".

Capping days of political drama in Washington, Mr Mueller's appointment came as Mr Trump fends off a stunning series of allegations including claims he shared U.S. secrets with Russian officials in the Oval Office.

Officials say multiple grand jury subpoenas and records requests have been issued in connection with the two men during the past six months in the ongoing probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian attempts to influence the election, an inquiry that will now be overseen by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Asked if he had confidence in the president as he left the press conference, the House Speaker said "I do".

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A special counsel is empowered to conduct the investigation independent of the Justice Department hierarchy, with a dedicated staff of his choosing.

His concerns surfaced again earlier this week after another report revealed that Trump discussed highly classified information while Russian diplomats were visiting the White House.

Chaffetz, who until now has seemed reluctant to investigate the Trump administration, has already scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, May 24, at 9:30 am - the same day the committee is supposed to receive Comey's memos.

Comey has been in high demand in the two weeks since Trump abruptly fired him, reportedly for pursuing an investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation.

His boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was forced to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation due to his own undisclosed contacts with Moscow's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. But sadly it's not just the fake news ...

Some have said that if the report were true, it would constitute obstruction of justice and possibly provide grounds for impeachment, but the president has strongly denied the allegation.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey wants a Democrat to be nominated to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation because "changes are needed at the White House", a spokesman said, according to the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette".

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