US House speaker calls for caution, 'facts' on Trump crises

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2017

A US Senate panel investigating Russia's interference in America's elections and possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign team Wednesday requested that sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey testify before its members, while the Senate Judiciary Committee asked to receive any memos Comey may have written about conversations with Trump. So, again, I don't know what President Trump said to Director Comey.

Interest was hardly limited to the U.S. No less a commentator than Russia's Vladimir Putin called the dramatic charges swirling around Trump evidence of "political schizophrenia spreading in the U.S".

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Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the Justice Department name a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian Federation matter.

"I'm not aware of Director Comey ever saying to anyone in the Congress, and I think Senator Burke concurred on this, about any interference in the investigation", he continued. "Quit investigating, damn it'".

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says he too wants more details, but he also notes that Trump's standing with South Carolina Republicans has "actually grown".

Schiff, the vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that calls for impeachment are still premature. "I'm just saying that if this was as serious as it is now being made out to be, why has Director Comey been so silent for the last few months". "@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I hope you can let this go".

He says he has ordered staffers to draft a letter to Justice Department officials seeking Comey's memos.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican and chair of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, was vocal in his comments on the Comey issue but said he was keeping an eye on other parts of the agenda as well.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a tweet that he has his "subpoena pen ready". The move by Chaffetz comes just hours after the disclosure that Comey wrote in a memo that Trump asked him to shut down a federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Comey had written notes about a conversation with Trump where the president urged him to drop the FBI investigation into former national security advisor Mike Flynn's alleged links to Russian Federation and Turkey.

Kind said he had "real questions" as to why Comey did not report an attempt to be intimidated.

While Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, call for more information, many Democrats are calling for an independent investigation into Trump and his campaign's involvement with Russian Federation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Congress must gather all relevant information before "rushing to judgment" on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo. And now that Trump has openly admitted, on national TV, no less, that he fired Comey because he was still investigating the Russian Federation case, the whole "Oh, don't take him literally" line will only work on people who watch Fox News.

Ryan raised questions about Comey's account of that meeting. The newspaper cites a memo Comey wrote following the meeting.

Trump fired Comey last week.

The latest political firebomb exploded over the capital even as the White House was still putting out fires from charges that the President discussed classified intelligence regarded ISIS with his Russian guests, in the process possibly compromising intelligence assets of Israel, which is said to have provided the intel (about a possible ISIS plot of bring down airplanes using laptops) to the United States.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

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