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

Paul Ryan Calls For More Information On Comey Memo

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that "the last thing (President Donald Trump) probably needs right now is for Vladimir Putin to be vouching for him", after the Russian president denied that his United States counterpart had disclosed classified information to Russian officials.

He said he would give Comey and the Federal Bureau of Investigation 72 hours to produce memos related to the alleged incident, "and if they're not produced we should subpoena them, same thing with the White House".

He added that it was appropriate for Congress to conduct its own oversight, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has already requested a memo that Comey apparently wrote after meeting with Trump. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

Although Putin used the Russian word for audio recording at the press conference, his foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said that "audio is not made" at such meetings.

Ryan still hasn't addressed reports that Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials, nor has he substantively addressed Trump threatening Comey in a tweet last Friday.

The controversies surrounding the Trump administration have been accelerating, with new revelations about questionable activity coming out almost every day.

Investigation will prove lack of links with Russian Federation , says Donald Trump
Mr Rosenstein said the appointment was "necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome". One difference, however: Special counsels get to choose whether they inform the Justice Department what they're up to.

According to the report, "Mr. Comey created similar memos-including some that are classified-about every phone call and meeting he had with the president".

Despite all the uncertainty surrounding the U.S.'s political future, some analysts say the panic in the markets has been overdone.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he wants to have the facts before judging a memo from former FBI Director James Comey, which said that President Donald Trump asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "So somebody's going to have to do more than have anonymous sources on this one for me to believe that there's something there".

"When people elected the president, they knew they were electing somebody different because they wanted things to change in Washington, and I think he has unique potential to bring change to the system and voters knew what they were doing", Blunt said.

U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger joined a small but growing number of Republican lawmakers who have said they would back some sort of independent investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation. "I guess that's the task no matter who's in the White House and who's in Congress", he said.

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