GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan, on whose shoulders much of the burden of advancing an ambitious Republican agenda rests, is taking pains to remain above the fray.

King, who generally votes with the Democrats, said, "We don't want to get into the situation where we're charging our president based on any kind of political considerations".

In addition Mr Trump is facing pointed questions about his discussions with Russian diplomats during which he is reported to have disclosed classified information.

Letter writer Karen Shiflett proudly states that President Donald Trump still has her vote as of Monday; the revelations about Mr. Trump giving confidential information to the Russians in the Oval Office last week were not enough to turn her off from the current occupant of the White House ("Trump still has my vote", May 16).

But the president took to Twitter to insist he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining.to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the case "impairs the willingness of other allies to share intelligence with us".

Congressional Republicans are increasing pressure on the administration to produce records related to the latest string of controversies involving President Trump, amid flagging confidence in the White House and a growing sense that scandal is overtaking the presidency.

But calls for the Russia probe to be placed in independent hands intensified this week following reports that Mr Trump urged Mr Comey to reel back its investigation of Michael Flynn, the national security advisor fired over concerns about his Russian contacts. But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". That common stance began to shift late Tuesday after media reports surfaced that former FBI director James Comey had written memos alleging President Donald Trump pressured him to halt an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. Above all, they are demanding a special prosecutor to lead the investigation of Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) also scheduled an Federal Bureau of Investigation hearing for next Wednesday, as first reported by the Daily News, and also said he was seeking to invite Comey to address his committee.

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"We need the facts", he said.

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".

House Republican Justin Amash of MI said that it may have been an abuse of his office. It is part of a paper trail Comey created documenting what he believed to be improper efforts to influence the investigation.

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The White House went into a mad rush of damage control, with H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, making brief and carefully worded comments before declining questions.

Flynn resigned in February, a day before Comey reportedly wrote the memo, after it emerged that he had apparently misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US.

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

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