Dems, Media Bring Up Impeachment After Report on Comey Memo

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2017

The committee, which is chaired by Sen.

Asked whether the USA had reached out to the ally that provided the information, he replied: "I'm not going to comment on specifically where it came from".

Now an Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Buzzfeed News, has said the President's leak confirmed his country's "worst fears".

The White House said the President did not ask the FBI to end the investigation against Mr. Flynn.

A date has not been set for the public hearing.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump revealed the intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting last week. "What we do is dispassionately do our jobs, and make sure that the investigations follow the facts, wherever they may lead". "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Ryan added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel shows the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's USA election "will continue". After Trump fired Comey many people thought that he had made out his own case for obstruction of justice because the federal statutes say it is a crime to purposefully interfere with an ongoing investigative proceeding.

Ryan insisted Congress will exercise its oversight role and gather more information before reaching any conclusions about the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as reports Trump shared sensitive information with the Russians and urged Comey to drop an investigation of a former adviser. US Representative Adam Kinzinger joined a small but growing number of Republican lawmakers who have said they would back some sort of independent investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

In a short statement, Mueller says, "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability".

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Chaffetz also took note of the Justice Department's quick action Wednesday. Flynn's lawyer declined to comment.

Earlier, in an interview with ThinkProgress, Mr Green said that following the dismissal of James Comey, Mr Trump "is demonstrating that he has the power to dismiss people summarily, with impunity, unless he's impeached".

Trump last week fired James Comey from his post as FBI director, explaining that it was partly because of the Russian Federation investigation. A source familiar with Comey's thinking said the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director is willing to work on finding a time and a way to testify.

There are multiple open investigations into possible Trump-Russia ties.

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.

She adds that "a special prosecutor is the first step, but it can not be the last". While Democrats have been calling for a special prosecutor to insulate the probe from the Justice Department, Republican Senator John McCain has been demanding a select Congressional committee.

While the Democrats reiterated their call for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the election and the Trump campaign's possible collusion with the Kremlin, Republicans were more guarded in their response. "Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted".

The 18 calls and electronic messages took place between April and November 2016 as hackers engaged in what US intelligence concluded in January was part of a Kremlin campaign to discredit the vote and influence the outcome of the election in favor of Trump over his Democratic challenger, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

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