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

Paul Ryan cautions against 'rush to judgment' over Trump revelations


U.S. president Donald Trump has accused the media of unfairly targeting him and has vowed to continue his agenda as president, in his first public comments following reports that he asked FBI director James Comey to halt an investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

"The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has appropriately requested this memo".

Chaffetz's letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe requests all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings that relate to any communications between Comey and the president. "I have my subpoena pen ready".

King said Tuesday that if the president asked Comey to end the FBI investigation then "we are getting close to obstruction of justice" and a possible impeachment investigation.

The information came from a memo Comey wrote after meeting with the president.

Before "rushing to judgment" about the merits of the memo, Ryan continued, they need to "follow the facts wherever they may lead".

Comey had been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday but didn't accept and indicated he would appear at another time. And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden sacking was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's meddling in the campaign.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Mr. Trump told Comey, according to the memo. In particular, Congress wants to know why Comey did not take action earlier if what he reports is true. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), said he's "no Comey fan" but added, "I won't defend anyone who obstructs justice".

Pak protests detention of two diplomatic officials in Kabul
Two Pakistani staffers were held in Kabul by Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) under undisclosed circumstances. Pakistan did not identify the diplomats or provide further details about when they were detained and released.

The FBI declined to comment Tuesday.

Allegations that President Donald Trump revealed top secret intelligence to a high-level Russian delegation to the White House have raised questions as to whether any crime was committed, and what the legal consequences might be. "At best, president Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in a statement.

The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Some market analysts warned that Trump's troubles - along with disappointing USA economic data and better news from Europe - were already hurting the dollar.

Comey's memos could be valuable in any obstruction investigation.

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

Speaker Paul Ryan supported the demand through a spokesperson.

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