Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

US House speaker calls for caution, 'facts' on Trump crises

US House speaker calls for caution, 'facts' on Trump crises

Mark Warner, as well as asking Comey to testify.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister on Wednesday, Putin said he had "no other explanation" as to why Trump came under attack other than "political schizophrenia".

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

Leaving their meeting Wednesday, a number of conservative House Republicans said they and their constituents remained firmly supportive of the president, and they questioned why there are so many leaks coming out that are hurtful to Trump. But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". "I hope you can let this go". I guess that's why we won. This raised questions about whether the president improperly attempted to interfere with a federal investigation.

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.

"We are talking about a president that fired the FBI Director that was investigating the president", Green said. Many experts believe that impeachment of Trump is unlikely at this point as the both the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans.

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Cummings said "we have been waiting for months for the chairman to pick up his so-called subpoena pen". "Impeccable credentials. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information , according to one of Mr.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "a point where it's of Watergate size and scale". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Sen.

"It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".

"We need the facts", Ryan told reporters after Republicans huddled on Capitol Hill following explosive reports that Trump shared intelligence secrets with Russian officials, and that he pressured the director of the FBI to drop an ongoing investigation.

And he adopted a skeptical tone toward the reports that have the White House in chaos and lawmakers scrambling to respond.

The White House has denied that Trump tried to block the probe, saying in a statement, "While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Gen. 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 Gen. Flynn".

Associated Press writers Vivian Salama and Jill Colvin contributed.

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