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

Trump knew Flynn was under investigation weeks before inauguration


The issue had begun to take a spot on the back burner this week, when late Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times released a bombshell report alleging that Trump had asked Comey privately to drop the investigation against his friend, Michael Flynn. Central to them is the idea of intent or bad objective, or what Trump may have been thinking when he allegedly told Comey in February that "I hope you can let this go". In it, Comey said Trump pressured him to stop investigating Flynn, calling him "a good guy" and adding, "I hope you can let this go".

The president ignored shouted questions from reporters Wednesday as he left the White House to address a graduation ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT, where a complaint about media coverage was his only reference to the controversy swirling around him.

"We do not have that problem", said a Senate intelligence committee source.

They spoke about Trump's statements before the U.S. Department of Justice announced late Wednesday that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller would serve as a special counsel investigating any Trump associates' connections to Russian Federation. "While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said. The White House has denied the report.

The Wisconsin Republican says in a written statement that he has wanted investigations that "follow the facts wherever they lead". "The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

Ryan declined to call for a special prosecutor in remarks to reporters earlier in the day and warned against "rushing to judgment". He is doubting his top advisers, even son-in-law Jared Kushner, who supported firing FBI Director James Comey despite the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

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He later faced an additional 15 years in jail after he was convicted of conspiring to escape from prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has spoken on the phone with newly freed Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

House Democrats who have been pressing for a special counsel to examine possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are welcoming word from the Justice Department that former FBI director Robert Mueller will lead the investigation.

Trump won North Dakota with almost 63 percent of the vote in November, and Cramer said the state's residents are more concerned about policy issues like the Farm Bill than the recent reports coming out of the White House. Not long after Comey put that exchange with Trump in writing and after the FBI director told lawmakers the investigation of Russian interference and possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was active, Comey was sacked. "It is obvious that there are some people out there who want to harm the president".

"It's falling out of the trees, the evidence", he said. The "Washington Post" reports that Mr Comey's memo and Mr Trump's disclosure of classified information to the Russians are "forcing a change in everyone's calculations".

"Officially noticed a hearing for next Wednesday at 9:30am ET with former FBI Dir Comey". The Senate intelligence and judiciary committees both sent requests for Comey's documents, detailing his conversations with Trump. But Abraham added that he still stands behind Trump "100 percent", and said he is thrilled with Trump's addition of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the House of Representatives' recent vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and deregulation that he said has helped farmers and businesses in his district.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham of Alto said he would like to see Comey testify before Congress and that he will go into it with an open mind.

To lawyer Luskin, the talk of criminal charges misses the point.

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