Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russia Responds to Trump Impeachment Question in the Most Russian Way Possible


But warning that leaks were undermining national security, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: "By grandstanding and politicising the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".

Lately, he called the investigation into his campaign's potential collusion with Russian officials a "the single greatest witch hunt" in American history, which brings us to the question: Does Trump know what a witch hunt is?

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, he said no and then added concerning the allegations and questions that have mounted as he nears the four-month mark of his presidency: "I think it's totally ridiculous". Trump is reported to have called Comey to ask when the FBI would state that Trump wasn't personally under investigation, prompting Comey to ask Trump to not speak directly with him on the subject but send his inquiry through the proper channels.

"As the president has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement in response to the Post story. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn't reciprocate.

The president on Thursday used the present tense - "is" - several times when denying any nefarious ties between Moscow and his campaign associates; that structure would not cover the two-year 2016 election cycle. The trip is seen by some analysts as a chance for Trump to hit reset after more than a week of intense controversy in Washington in the wake of the Comey firing.

It was widely reported that Russian Federation was hopeful of a resetting of the relationship between Moscow and Washington following Trump's election victory last November.

"No, not at all", was the answer Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind) gave when asked if the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller was evidence of a witch hunt.

Russian Federation has denied United States intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in the election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

"I hate to see anything that divides".

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Mr Mueller's appointment has been welcomed by politicians from both sides.

The report came moments after President Trump departed on Air Force One for his first foreign trip.

Not quite everybody. While Trump tweeted and voiced his indignation at the White House, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed an independent special counsel to lead a heightened federal Trump-Russia investigation the day before, briefed the entire Senate behind closed doors at the Capitol. He said Washington needs to get back to issues like creating jobs, health care - saying "we don't have health care in this country" - and his broad outline of a tax cut plan, which he promised would, if passed, be the "biggest tax cut in the history of our nation".

In closed-door meetings with lawmakers on Thursday and Friday, Rosenstein said he wrote the memo after Trump told him one day before the May 9 firing that he wanted to dismiss Comey. Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand.

A sense of fatigue and despondence has set in as White House officials wait for new balls to drop.

"When I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision".

Burr, chairman of the Senate panel, said of Flynn and his refusal to comply, "We'll figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is". The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories that Trump fired Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation.

Trump later said in an interview with NBC News he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation.

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