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

What we know about the Russia-Trump investigation


It follows the revelation Tuesday that fired FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that Trump had asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

A memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to President Trump recommended Mr Comey's dismissal.

Fourth, a Washington Post report had Trump revealing highly classified intelligence information pertaining to the activities of a USA partner to the Russians that could put allies in jeopardy.

Both allegations fueled calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russian Federation and even raised questions about whether he could face impeachment proceedings.

Flynn notified the Trump transition team in early January, about a month after he learned he was under investigation, the Times said.

Republican Adam Kinzinger, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN on Wednesday "it's time for an independent commission or a special prosecutor or whatever".

"The President is in dire need of a criminal defense lawyer and a congressional investigations lawyer immediately", said former prosecutor Kirby Behre of Miller & Chevalier in an email.

Constitutional and congressional scholars don't think so.

Likewise, top Republicans stayed away from the morning shows. McCabe has replaced Comey, who was sacked last week by Trump.

That Quinnipiac data gives him 82 per cent approval among Republicans. A small number of Democrats also have mentioned impeachment. It is, by nature, fundamentally undemocratic.

President Trump's own interviews, tweets and comments to the press are helping investigators determine whether he obstructed justice.

"As we continue to gather facts regarding the intelligence information shared with Russian officials, I encourage this administration to disclose as much information as possible", Valadao said.

That's because opposing the President is a hard proposition for Republicans, who are loathe to cross the leader of their party. "So this would be truly uncharted territory".

The appointment came amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.

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Party support that dips into the 70 per cent range is "where landslide elections start to occur", Huder says.

Obstruction of justice is a federal crime covering interference with official government proceedings.

In 1974, Republican President Richard M. Nixon was not impeached, but resigned before what appeared an inescapable impeachment in a Congress dominated by his own Republican Party.

Eric Freedman, a Hofstra University law professor, has long believed that a president can be prosecuted while in office.

Impeachment is not synonymous with removal from office, but removal can't happen without impeachment.

Flynn was forced to resign February 13, the day before the conversation between Trump and Comey depicted in the memo.

"Impeachment will come when the people demand it". "You can't let them get you down".

While Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, call for more information, many Democrats are calling for an independent investigation into Trump and his campaign's involvement with Russian Federation.

From polls to petition drives, activists are trying to stiffen Democratic spines in Congress, arguing that voters have concluded Mr. Trump's behavior in office rises to the level of a firing offense.

Two presidents have been impeached after a majority vote in the House of Representatives: Bill Clinton in 1998 and Andrew Johnson in 1868.

Maryland's Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, agreed, saying, "Will it lead to impeachment?"

The Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday asked Mr Comey to testify before the panel in public and in private.

Did our president commit obstruction of justice, as his critics claim?

But all of this has now palled in the face of the train wreck that has evolved from he and his aides and supporters' insistence on cozying up to Vladimir Putin and the Russians - first during the presidential campaign and then, thereafter, into the actual presidency. "No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly". "If the election were on October 27, I would have been your president", she tells a women's luncheon in NY.

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