Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Chaffetz, Cummings praise Mueller choice


Both lawmakers applauded the choice of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a new special counsel to lead the Justice Department's investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

The Republican majority leader spoke amid reports that Mr Trump had asked his then-FBI director, James Comey to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Although it's hard to imagine it would take much time for Congress to subpoena the supposed Comey memo ― or much time to review it ― Ryan has given Trump extraordinary latitude and has found all sorts of creative ways to stand up for the president.

House Republican Justin Amash of MI says it could be grounds for impeachment if President Donald Trump urged FBI Director James Comey to end a probe of former adviser Michael Flynn. He said that "everybody in this country gets a fair trial, (whether) it's the president or anyone else". It's the Republican Party first. However, Amash has been a consistent critic of Trump, as well as an opponent of House Republican leadership and his views are not widely representative. McCabe has replaced Comey, who was sacked last week by Trump.

The top Democrat on a key House oversight panel says Speaker Paul Ryan "has shown he has zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

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Cummings said the Government Reform and Oversight panel needs to subpoena documents for its Russian Federation probe and summon former FBI Director James Comey for a public hearing.

Hours after Ryan's announcement, the committee's chairman, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, tweeted that he has already scheduled a public hearing for next week into the matter and will ask Comey to testify.

Russia investigation issues subpoena for Flynn
Flynn received $45,000 from the Russia-owned news outlet, RT, to appear at a gala in December 2015. Burr and Warner serve as chairman and vice chairman of the committee, respectively.

The oversight committee chosen by House Speaker Paul Ryan to investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed an FBI probe has been the most publicly aggressive group involved in the cautious, GOP-led investigations. "We can't deal with speculation and innuendo".

"There's been a lot of reporting lately", Ryan said, seemingly referring to the Comey news and reports that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials visiting the Oval Office.

Ryan raised questions about Comey's account of that meeting. "We're going to keep doing our jobs, we're going to keep passing our bills, we're going to keep advancing our reforms", Mr Ryan said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday that he was "ready" to submit a transcript of the meeting to the US Senate and Congress.

"It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president", the speaker said.

Putin dismissed the USA politicians, whom he did not identify, as either being "stupid" or "dangerous and unscrupulous" who are wittingly "causing the damage to their own country".

The committee's new emphasis comes as Chaffetz's political profile may be waning. Putin even suggested that Russian Federation share the records of last week's talks between Trump and Lavrov with the U.S. Congress, if the White House approved. And he directed a House oversight inquiry into Clinton's email practices and use of a private computer server.

According to memos reportedly written by Mr Comey, and obtained by the New York Times, Mr Trump asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in a private meeting to "let [the Flynn investigation] go".

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