Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Dem Calls for Impeachment on the House Floor

Dem Calls for Impeachment on the House Floor

The White House vigorously denied it all. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a former US attorney. Asked if he trusted Comey or Trump, Amash replied: "I think it's pretty clear I have confidence in Director Comey".

According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. "The President must be impeached", Green said. For the good of democracy, don't you see, the Republicans must not only be kicked to the curb in the 2018 midterms, but the president himself must be thrown into the street, just like he once tried to evict that old lady from her house in Atlantic City!

There are multiple obstruction of justice statutes on the books. "One is, when you're put in this situation, you want to make a record, so if the other side ever tells their story, you can pretty clearly demonstrate with contemporaneous records that you acted appropriately", Miller said.

Mr Trump said in a statement on Wednesday night that "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

"If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is Isis's ultimate trophy", Trump said, "the pope can have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president because this would not have happened".

Longtime Washington defense lawyer Robert Luskin agreed.

"If Comey really thought the president had crossed a line he would have reported it and he didn't", Ronna Romney McDaniel said on Fox News Radio. "I used to be able to text and call him on it".

On their own, the words "I hope you can let this go" are likely not enough to trigger a criminal charge for obstructing justice.

But other legal experts said investigators would consider a series of interactions among the president, the FBI and the Justice Department about the Flynn investigation and a broader counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump later said in an interview with NBC News he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation. "Any one of these facts in isolation may be problematic but may not be sufficient".

"The country would have to have come to the point where they think the president's conduct is so disqualifying he can be removed from office", Schiff told ABC. "Zero", Trump said during the press conference.

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Any investigation would pay close attention to the timeline.

Since Trump's inauguration, Chaffetz has pursued an inquiry into Flynn, saying in April that Flynn did not comply with laws concerning the receipt of money from foreign governments. "And that includes the President of the United States of America", Green said on the House floor.

Flynn left his post in February after media reports that he misled the vice president about his contacts with Russian Federation. The chair and ranking member, respectively, of a judiciary subcommittee focused on terrorism, Graham and Whitehouse have also called on Comey to testify publicly in front of their body.

A U.S. official who confirmed the disclosure said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.

But senior Republicans who'd started the week deflecting concerns about Trump's mishandling of intelligence sought a sober reaction to the latest revelation - that Trump allegedly attempted to kill the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

"No", Trump said in response to a reporter's question.

"It's falling out of the trees, the evidence", he said.

Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Tuesday night that he is requesting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to submit all the files and recordings involving any communications between Comey and Trump.

Trump also asked why no special counsel was appointed for what he called "all of the illegal acts" of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Obama administration.

"And Comey - he might have had two motives here". But they're less confident than before that they'll be able to get Comey to talk now.

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