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

Trump welcomes Colombia's president to the White House

Trump welcomes Colombia's president to the White House

Trump then reportedly expressed disdain for the news media leaking information and suggested to Comey that he consider putting reporters in jail if they release classified information.

"I respect the move but the entire move has been a witch-hunt", Trump says of the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate his administration and campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

Following Comey's firing, Democrats have clamored for an investigation that would be seen as less partisan. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey". Rosenstein said in statement: "in my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter". House Republicans had mixed reactions to the announcement. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts".

Authorities said Russian Federation meddled in November's election to benefit Trump.

Besides this allegation, the New York Times dropped another bombshell - reporting that when Mr Comey met Mr Trump the day after Mr Flynn resigned, according to Mr Comey's contemporaneous notes, the US President tried to halt any FBI investigation.

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Republicans in Congress are trying to project a business-as-usual approach amid the chaos. "But no president gets to jail journalists".

Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote on Twitter that "the American people deserve to know the truth". That began to change after Trump fired Comey and continued this week.

Representative Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose district is home to large numbers of Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA employees, said Trump's disclosure of classified intelligence to the Russians is "highly troubling".

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated demands for a special prosecutor.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also planned to ask Comey to testify, The Hill reported.

"At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in a statement. "At worst, he has obstructed justice".

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