Trump asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

Claudine Rigal
Mai 18, 2017

"For example, Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, recently called for Trump's impeachment, making the claim that Trump's firing of Comey constituted ".an act for which he should be charged by the U.S. House of Representatives". Chris Christie, who spent much of the primary season bashing Trump and later got axed from his position as head of the transition team, came back into the White House earlier this year to lead an opioid task force.

Not only are staffers on edge about the fate of their jobs, facing a boss who the Times said has been calling even them "incompetent" and publicly undermining any public statements they may give in his defense, but they're also finding it hard to actually do the job of governing with all the self-inflicted crises. Chaffetz said the documents would "raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede" the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Soon after the firing, a Comey associate told the AP that Comey recounted being asked by Trump at a January dinner if he would pledge his loyalty.

Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, demanded all correspondence relating to communications between Mr Comey and the president be presented by 24 May.

Asked by a reporter how Congress can help keep the White House focused on the legislative issues at hand, Sen. Amy Klobuchar recently told BuzzFeed Newsthat, in lieu of focusing on impeachment right now, "I think you have to look at all the evidence". "The shoes continue to drop, and every couple days there's a new aspect". His comments were reported by The Daily Beast. Yes, both houses are now examining Trump's ties to Russian Federation, but public hearings and private leaks suggest Republicans remain lukewarm participants. Several came to his defense and sought to close ranks.

Leaving their meeting Wednesday, a number of conservative House Republicans said they and their constituents remained firmly supportive of the president, and they questioned why there are so many leaks coming out that are hurtful to Trump.

That latter outcome frightens me greatly. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told Congress last week the investigation is "highly significant" and said Mr Comey's dismissal would do nothing to impede it.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

"He's around and the best evidence of what happened in that meeting would be to call him as a witness", said Barbara McQuade, former USA attorney for the Eastern District of MI. And it's why, despite my public contempt for the Republican tax and health care plans, there's a teeny part of me that nearly wants some part of this contemptible agenda to be passed and in the rearview mirror so Ryan et al. will finally feel liberated enough to criticize Trump - maybe even move to remove him from office. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

"Concerns about our national security, the rule of law, the independence of our nation's highest law enforcement agencies are mounting", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on the Senate floor shortly after the Times story broke. While the White House initially cited a Justice Department recommendation and Comey's very public handling of the Clinton email investigation as reasons, those explanations quickly shifted.

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