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Donald Trump, James Comey

Donald Trump, James Comey

The oversight committee chosen by House Speaker Paul Ryan to investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed an FBI probe has been the most publicly aggressive group involved in the cautious, GOP-led investigations.

But the fate of its investigation hinges on Ryan's lukewarm support and the sometimes fractious working relationship between its Republican and Democratic leaders.

The memo, reportedly written by Comey in February, details a conversation between the former top cop and President Trump, in which Trump pushed Comey to shut down the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. That is why Congress needs to focus on establishing the truth about this matter, and soon. "If this memo exists, I need to see it right away", Chaffetz told The Associated Press in a phone interview, adding, "If we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

"Typically it's been thought that the White House, as an institution, was a voice of caution not zealousness" on leak investigations, said Pozen.

The tumult in Washington has deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

One official described the impossibility of trying to get the U.S.to engage in preparations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Group of Seven summit in Sicily next week. And in April, the committee's scrutiny of Flynn's contacts with government agencies about those payments prompted an inquiry by the Pentagon's inspector general.

Chaffetz and Cummings appeared together in April to announce that they believed Flynn likely broke a federal law by failing to obtain USA government approval to accept foreign payments and failing to disclose them afterward.

"I place more trust in the account of Oval Office meetings with the National Security Advisor than I do with unnamed sources", Lamborn said in a statement on social media.

Still, there's also a witness: Comey. Chaffetz was among Republican members of Congress who were critical of Clinton's handling of the deaths of four Americans during a 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Failure to do so would result in criminal charges against Comey. "Why is he not doing the same here?" he asked.




These developments go far beyond the previous erratic, impulsive behavior of a president unmoved by facts or conventional norms.

Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that "no politician in history" has been treated worse. "Instead, he appears to have minimized any oversight whatsoever", Cummings said.

Trump removed Comey in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian interference in the the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

"Since we can't read people's minds, proving intent is very hard", said Carole Rendon, who served as the chief federal prosecutor in Cleveland until March.

Pressure has been building on Trump over the Russian Federation issue since his firing last week of FBI chief James Comey, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter. "The country deserves answers to the questions raised and former Director Comey deserves an opportunity to be heard and if appropriate, challenged".

Hysterically, Gergen fired back by invoking ultra-liberal Laurence Tribe as someone who's corralling together a case to take down Trump.

For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation". He said he could unilaterally issue a subpoena, but he prefers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over the records voluntarily.

Mr Nicholas Dujmovic, who spent 26 years at the CIA and is the director of the intelligence studies programme at Catholic University of America in Washington, said: "If true, the story will indeed harm relations with U.S. allies who are our closest intelligence partners and will now be wary of sharing their best secrets with us". If that were to happen, it's conceivable we'd end up with actually a more robust form of protections.


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