Senate intel panel wants Comey to appear

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

This comes on the heels of the bombshell report completely denied by the White House that there was a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing a meeting where President Trump asked him to stop investigating Flynn.

The president has the utmost respect for the law enforcement agencies, and all investigations, the White House said, adding that this is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Comey.

"I read passages, I read areas, I'll read chapters - I don't have the time", Trump told Megyn Kelly in a May 2016 interview.

Asked what he thinks of Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge but his performance can only be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts. In addition Trump is facing pointed questions about his discussions with Russian diplomats during which he is reported to have disclosed classified information.

"This will follow the president for as long as he's in office - the impeachable offence will still be there".

Later, the Senate judiciary committee whose subcommittee is also investigating Russian meddling into the USA election, requested that the FBI "provide all memos relating to former FBI Director Comey's interactions with his superiors in both the Trump and Obama administrations", according to a statement. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment".

What anxious many in Washington was that Mr Trump "wasn't even aware of where this information came from" at the time of the meeting with Russian officials.

Thus far, the White House and Mr Trump's Twitter account have continued to take the stance that Mr Trump did not share any classified information.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at USA politicians whipping up what he described as "anti-Russian sentiment" for being either "stupid" or "dangerous".

That wide net would capture in particular memos reportedly alleging the President asked Comey to back off his investigation of former national security advisor General Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russian officials and instead suggested he consider imprisoning journalists publishing leaks of classified information.

"We need the facts. I'm not saying that they are right", Rubio said.

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

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Not surprising, within minutes of the New York Times report, the response was a chorus of breathless "gotcha" announcements.

Madigan's comments come after a number of Democrats have called for President Trump's impeachment over the Comey issue.

"The Committee sent two additional letters seeking information related to the Committee's ongoing investigation", the statement said.

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