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

Hannity and Fox News are in full meltdown over Trump's Comey scandal

Hannity and Fox News are in full meltdown over Trump's Comey scandal

That came hours after The New York Times reported on a memo authored by Comey that said Trump asked the then-FBI director end his investigation into Flynn.

The White House on Tuesday said the report was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong.

Later, the Senate judiciary committee whose subcommittee is also investigating Russian meddling into the United States election, requested that the FBI "provide all memos relating to former FBI Director Comey's interactions with his superiors in both the Trump and Obama administrations", according to a statement.

Trump also said he was close to selecting a new FBI director to replace Comey, and that former senator and one-time Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman was among the top candidates.Trump's latest comments stood in contrast to his measured statement on Wednesday night after the announcement of Mueller's appointment, when he said "a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity."Democrats rejected Trump's characterization".

In the White House news conference Thursday, Trump clearly wanted to move on. He called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is also talking about subpoenas. I need to see it sooner rather than later.

Pak provokes: Over 900 people evacuated; relief camps set up along LOC
The Pakistani troops have also started indulging in unprovoked firing along the worldwide border of the Jammu and Samba districts. A BSF man had also suffered minor injury when Pakistani Rangers yesterday violated the ceasefire along the International Border.

In a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Chaffetz set a deadline of May 24 for the FBI to produce "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, argued against a rush to judgment on the revelations while Congress exercises its oversight authority over the president.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation. Trump later said he had already made a decision to dismiss him and was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing."A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offence that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office". A simple majority is required in the House to impeach a president, which would lead to a trial by the Senate and possible removal from office.

But the experts said intent was a critical element of an obstruction of justice charge, and the president's words could be subject to interpretation and possibly put into the context of other actions, like Comey's termination. 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". While the White House initially cited a Justice Department recommendation and Comey's very public handling of the Clinton email investigation as reasons, those explanations quickly shifted.

Kislyak was with Lavrov at the White House when Trump disclosed the sensitive information.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on the details of the memo. "But sadly it's not just the fake news..." Reuters reported on Thursday that Flynn and other Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the presidential race.

Ryan's comments after a closed-door meeting of House Republicans came as lawmakers grappled with a series of damaging developments out of the White House over the past week.

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