Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Justice Department appoints special counsel in Russian Federation investigation

As Republicans continue to play for time, Democrats keep hammering away at the administration.

There was an incendiary dossier, the firing of a top adviser, and this week, reports that Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into his associate Michael Flynn.

"Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey's associates", Times reporter Michael Schmidt wrote.

"In stark terms I explained to him what this would look like some day and what it would mean for the president and the government", Comey wrote in a 2005 e-mail message to his chief of staff, according to the Politico report. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Ryan added. Cummings said "we have been waiting for months for the chairman to pick up his so-called subpoena pen".

"Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted", Chaffetz tweeted.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election - and any possible ties to the Trump campaign. Reports that this information was provided by a USA ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future. And in April, the committee's scrutiny of Flynn's contacts with government agencies about those payments prompted an inquiry by the Pentagon's inspector general. Putin made light of the matter at a news conference in Russian Federation, saying Moscow was ready to hand a transcript of the meeting to USA lawmakers if that would help reassure them. The president who reportedly wants only brief "bullet points" in his intelligence briefing showed his ignorance and arrogance to the world, and his fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill didn't seem to be rushing to his defense.

It likely also reflects a key difference between the type of material that's oozing out of Trump's administration and the sort of sensitive information that reporters and publishers have typically tip-toed around. "Why is he not doing the same here?" he asked.

As Donald Trump's White House struggles to extricate itself from an nearly daily cycle of controversy, government officials in three European capitals recognized that they have no choice but to try and work with the administration. "Instead, he appears to have minimized any oversight whatsoever", Cummings said.

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The US President had promised to strengthen strained ties despite Erdogan's objections to the US arming of Kurdish fighters. After Erdogan left the White House, tensions over the Kurdish issue spilled onto the streets of Washington .

Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Mr Putin said it is up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Mr Trump's efforts.

Moreover, under legal precedent from the investigation of President Bill Clinton, President Trump´s communications with White House lawyers may not be shielded by attorney-client privilege.

"There's clearly a lot of politics being played", Ryan said.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have been conducting their own investigations, which have included public and private hearings, dozens of interviews, and many requests for documents. McCabe has replaced Comey, who was sacked last week by Trump.

President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey has set in motion a series of events that present the most serious threat to his presidency yet.

The political process "will grind to a halt" if Congress does not act soon to have fired FBI Director James Comey testify about U.S. President Donald Trump's alleged interference in the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, said Sen.

Chaffetz said he has always had strong support from congressional leaders. He said he could unilaterally issue a subpoena, but he prefers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over the records voluntarily.

Scalise's spokesman Chris Bond released a statement clarifying his position on the Comey debate. There have been rapid-fire claims, accusations and insinuations about what happened, but what we really need now are some hard facts.

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