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

The Donald Trump Obstruction Inquiry Isn't Mainly About the Comey Memo


Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his sacking of Mr Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment".

The White House has denied reports that Mr Trump pressed Mr Comey to drop an investigation into Mr Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

In a further, extraordinary twist to developments, President Vladimir Putin waded in to say Moscow could provide Congress with a record of Trump's controversial exchange with Russia's top diplomat and its ambassador to Moscow last week. The FBI investigation into the Russian impact on the 2016 election must continue.

With Republicans controlling both chambers, Huder says Trump would have to lose major support from his base in order for congressional Republicans to start worrying about their own seats.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, doesn't know whether to find the offer ironic, amusing or disturbing.

Mr Trump subsequently dismissed reports from USA intelligence officials that Russian Federation attempted to intervene in the election on his behalf.

"What the president shared was wholly appropriate", McMaster said on Tuesday of Mr. Trump's Oval Office discussions.

The Comey memo was part of a paper trail Comey created documenting what he perceived as the President's improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. Lawmakers from both political parties said they want to hear Comey testify in public, an idea that Comey associates have said he favors. "I hope you can let this go".

US Senate Intelligence committee wants more information from Comey
It's hard not to presume that Comey has notes about this meeting, too. 13News Now spoke with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

"With impeachment, we'd be saying that maybe we didn't mean that [election outcome]". Or maybe you were hoping he would somehow change when he finally became the most powerful man in the world.

As for Mr Comey, whom Mr Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Mr Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo. "There's a big difference between expressing sympathy for Flynn and issuing a presidential directive to drop an investigation".

We're heartened to see Colorado's Republican delegation getting on board for a review of the memos and testimony from Comey. Flynn, who was sacked after 24 days in the job, was initially kept on even after the acting attorney general, Sally Q. Yates, warned the White House that he might be subject to blackmail by the Russians for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to Washington.

"We are watching in real time an obstruction of justice case unfolding and the president of the United States has an obligation to be more forthcoming with any tapes, memos, memoranda, but in the meantime, there need to be subpoenas that will make sure all of this evidence is preserved and produced", Blumenthal said. Republican Senator John McCain was quoted as saying the current scandal is reaching a "Watergate size and scale", a reference to the scandal that forced President Richard Nixon from office.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said: "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". The following day, The New York Times reported, Trump asked Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave a national security meeting so Trump could speak with Comey alone. The White House has denied that account. What is more, at a previous meeting, Trump reportedly had sought Comey's "loyalty" to him, rather than to the country or the Constitution or his oath as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Flynn was sacked in February after it was revealed that he allegedly misled Pence about the nature of his conversations with Russia's ambassador.

The intensifying drama comes as Mr Trump is set to embark on Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.

"What I have been doing is trying to give the chairman space to heal and then we have to figure out what to do", Cummings said.

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