Senate Judiciary Committee also demands Comey memos, Trump tapes

Gwen Vasquez
May 18, 2017

A Republican conceded it might be a possibility. Darrell Issa of Vista and Steve Knight of Palmdale - joined McClintock in calling for an independent investigation.

"The president must be impeached", said Democrat Al Green, raising it on the congressional floor Wednesday. "This is not something to be taken lightly".

To be sure, impeachment remains a distant hypothetical threat. In January, only days after the inauguration, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates had informed Trump's White House counsel that Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI as part of an active investigation.

The biggest development was the Justice Department announcing the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation probe.

"The country deserves answers to the questions raised and former Director Comey deserves an opportunity to be heard and if appropriate, challenged", he said.

How did this happen?

Concerning the Comey memo, the White House denied any attempt to influence the investigation. The U.S. intelligence community - including the FBI, CIA and NSA - has concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

In his defiant speech to Coast Guard cadets, he painted himself as a victim of unfair media coverage and criticisms while expressing confidence he could overcome it.

"Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media".

A perceptible shift has occurred.

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Amid a firestorm of criticism over President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials and allegations that he attempted to quash the FBI's investigation of his former national security adviser, his Republican allies on Capitol Hill reacted nervously on Wednesday to the president's latest self-inflicted wounds.

That hint of obstruction of justice was a turning point for many - including Republicans, who are increasingly on Trump's case as the president watches the defensive wall around him begin to crumble.

The committee gave McCabe until Wednesday, May 24, to fulfill the request. Two have asked the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to testify. One has asked for money-laundering records from the U.S. Treasury Department.

Amash is a member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who has already has called for an independent commission to investigate.

"This one is bad, this feels really bad", Bee added. "It's not about our political parties, or our political future". Trump admin renews Iran sanctions relief Pelosi wants independent commission on Russian Federation despite special counsel appointment Trump denounces media as White House goes quiet on Comey MORE (Mich.) and Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) became the first GOP lawmakers to publicly muse that Trump may have committed an impeachable offense if he sought to pressure Comey to abandon an investigation into Flynn.

During his brief, seven-minute session with reporters, Spicer refused to answer direct questions about whether the president wants to see Comey testify before Congress or whether he would waive executive privilege to allow both men to freely recount their version of the events. "Americans deserve the opportunity to learn the truth", Knight said.

"You don't want to put someone out there if there is a risk they'll extend the news cycle", the source said. "History will judge us". I have to say yes. And some prominent lawyers urge caution in jumping to conclusions, noting that obstruction of justice is not easy to prove. "And I say it with sadness and reluctance". I guess that's why we won.

If Republicans pull off victories in upcoming special House elections in Georgia, Montana and SC, they'll likely be even more encouraged to stay the course with Trump.

So the party brass intends to start off by whacking Trump with a more modest weapon - the investigative club and not the nuclear button of impeachment.

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