Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

More Republicans back probe of Trump-Russia ties


The White House issued a furious denial after the notes were disclosed late Tuesday, near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk. Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, and that had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed concern bordering on alarm.

In a statement, the White House disputed Comey's characterization of his conversation with Trump, saying "the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end an investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn". The Flynn investigation was part of a broader probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

Most of the Republicans do not appear poised to abandon a president who remains critical to their goals of acting on health care and tax legislation despite the anxiety and displeasure voiced by McCain and a handful of other prominent GOP lawmakers. "We need the facts", Ryan said. That sounds a lot like obstruction of justice-especially if Trump then fired him for not doing so.

As the day began, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, who had been mostly silent on the president's increasing troubles concerning Russian Federation, carefully pleaded with the administration to stop impeding the Republican agenda. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".

Amash tweeted Tuesday night that the allegations in the memo are "incredibly serious" and require Comey to testify in front of the House.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

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Trump fired Flynn on February 13 on grounds that he had misled Vice-President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

"President Trump is not above the law", Green stated in a press release on his website. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment".

"Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

James Comey, whose firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director last week triggered a political firestorm, wrote a memo detailing how Trump commented to him in February "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Flynn probe, a source who has seen a memo written by Comey said on Tuesday.

"I think we've seen this movie before", the Arizona Republican said at a dinner to receive the International Republican Institute's Freedom Award.

February 14, 2017: Comey speaks with Trump in the Oval Office a day after Flynn is ousted. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Comey". I also say that this can happen with a Republican-controlled House and Senate if the public weighs in by demanding that the Republican President be charged by way of impeachment. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters. Criticism of the president intensified after it emerged on Monday that he had discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador in Washington at a White House meeting last week.

A USA official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.

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