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

Trump floored by Comey bomb

The commotion around Trump's statements on Flynn has somewhat obscured his no less chilling request that Comey jail journalists for publishing information based on leaks - something that has never happened in the history of this country. The west MI libertarian never endorsed Trump and was a driving force in rejecting an early version of a health care reform bill, a move that led to discussions of his being potentially targeted for defeat next year by the White House.

The prospect of Trump's impeachment is not a promising one: After the series of scandals and revelations that filled his campaign - and now his presidency - why should we believe that Trump reportedly telling Comey to shut down an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will be the last straw?

Before entering office, Trump revealed a plan whereby he would hand over the day-to-day running of his business empire to his two sons and a long-time business associate.

US President Donald Trump arrives at the US Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut. "Things will work out just fine". He added, "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly". Especially by the media. I think it would be good for him if he did. Oh, she's just trying to save her swing seat, you say?

The White House has denied that Trump did anything wrong in his meeting with Lavrov, which was also attended by Kislyak.

May 16, 2017: A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Comey wrote in a memo after a January 27 dinner with the president that Trump had asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn. "I hope you can let this go", the memo reportedly quotes Trump as saying.

The vice president and two spokesmen for the White House said Comey was removed from office on recommendations from Justice Department leaders, who were unhappy with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. "If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lieutenant General Flynn", wrote committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Republican.

Sen. Whitehouse: Rosenstein's Memo May Be Part of Criminal Investigation
Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign previous year . While it frustrated many Democrats, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said he understood why Rosenstein was guarded.

Immediately after the New York Times report Tuesday night, Amash said on Twitter, "The allegations reportedly contained in the memo are incredibly serious". Law enforcement officials tell NBC that Manafort and Flynn "are formally considered "subjects" of a criminal investigation".

"Mr Speaker, this is not about the President firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director because he was investigating someone else, it's because the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was investigating the President himself". Only 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday. The FBI said it has no contact information for him. But the president took to Twitter to insist he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining... to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation.

A handful of Republicans are beginning to voice calls for a special prosecutor - or at least an independent commission - to investigate Russia's election-year meddling and ties to the Trump.

"Our democracy is a mess", Swalwell said. "Today is a courage call for our Republican colleagues".

Does this rise to the level of criminal obstruction of justice?

The intelligence was originally gathered by Israel, the New York Times said, and pertained to an Islamic State plot to hide bombs in laptops to blow up civilian aircraft. White House officials, primarily chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy aide John Ehrlichman and counsel John Dean, wanted to limit the exposure of the White House to the burglary. And who's to say that the capricious and egotistical tycoon will decide the job's not up to him, and go of his own accord? "He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information either".

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