GOP Lawmakers Turning on Donald Trump Despite 84% Republican Voter Approval

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

GOP committee chairmen in the House and Senate issued invitations Wednesday for Comey to testify in open session on Capitol Hill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seconded the call to hear from the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt last Thursday, Trump upended two days' worth of White House statements by admitting that he was thinking about the Russian Federation investigation when he chose to fire Comey: "When I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".

Pressure on the White House intensified after Trump fired Comey, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter, and allegations that Trump had asked Comey to end the FBI investigation into ties between Flynn and Russian Federation. "There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign".

As he left his press briefing, the speaker was asked if he still has full confidence in Trump, and he replied, "I do".

"I spoke to him (Lavrov) today", a smiling Putin told a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. (The criteria for impeachment on grounds of obstruction are not exactly the same as they are under criminal law.) From the moment he fired Flynn, Trump has behaved as if he fears that Flynn has incriminating information that he might be able to trade to avoid punishment for improperly accepting and failing to disclose payments from the governments of Russian Federation and Turkey. Lawmakers from both political parties said they want to hear Comey testify in public, an idea that Comey associates have said he favors.

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

"I do think obstruction of justice, to anyone who has had to prove it in court, is not easy".

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In the first day of trading after The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had told former FBI Director James Comey to stop an investigation into disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn, stocks slid the most since Election Day.

"I hope you can let this go", Comey wrote, quoting Trump in the document, which CNN has not viewed but which was described by the sources. Trump's aides claimed that he was acting on a memo from Rosenstein, who set forth his deep concerns over how Comey had handled the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's maintenance of a private email server. The appointment Wednesday of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to investigate Russia's role in the election means the scandal will be front burner news.

He took to Twitter Thursday morning, saying he was the victim of "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

Trump's tweets signal his White House - or at least the man in charge - will try to resist Mueller's investigation, meaning the shadow of that probe will now hang over a White House in need of a morale boost.

The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president, most damagingly that he may have obstructed justice by asking his FBI chief to drop an investigation into one of his top advisers.

"I suspect that he believes he's a target and he's got the right to protect himself and the lawyer has probably advised him not to do it", said Democratic Sen. "You can't let them get you down, you can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

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