U.S. stocks sink as Trump impeachment calls grow louder

U.S. stocks sink as Trump impeachment calls grow louder

Members of Louisiana's U.S. Congressional delegation said Wednesday that they wanted more investigation into this week's bombshell report that fired FBI director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump had asked him to back off an investigation into the president's former national security adviser.

Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the November 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the US national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current USA officials said.

This revelation, which would be startling in calmer times, is made somewhat worse because of the other small detail it brings to light-the Trump campaign knew about the federal investigation into Flynn's lobbying activities way earlier than had been reported.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement.

And while Republican leaders have mostly avoided discussing Trump's travails, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that Congress "need [s] the facts".

Yet US allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

Deepening worries over US President Donald Trump's uncertain future following a series of scandals has sent jitters through financial markets in the United States.

But U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, took a more favorable approach to Trump.

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". Despite his staff's initial public argument that the president had fired FBI Director James Comey for having lost the confidence of the president and country (largely due to his handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail story), it quickly became clear the real issues were very different, and much more troubling. GOP committee chairmen in the House and Senate issued invitations Wednesday for Comey to testify in open session on Capitol Hill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seconded the call to hear from the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

Hoeven previously said the timing of Comey's firing was questionable.

Those words have thrown the White House into chaos, yet again. And Trump could argue he was not corrupt in raising an issue of concern for Flynn, a longtime associate. The White House denies the allegation.

Unfortunately, that's a risk President Trump has forced the nation to take.

When it comes to making major substantive steps toward intensifying the scrutiny into Trump, Republicans have chafed.

The White House initially said the decision was motivated by Comey's mishandling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails - but Trump himself undercut that explanation by saying he always meant to fire Comey and that his decision was linked to the Russian Federation probe.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

Trump last week fired James Comey from his post as FBI director, explaining that it was partly because of the Russian Federation investigation.

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Mr Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

Kislyak also attended an event in April where Trump said he would seek better relations with Russian Federation.

He is a good guy.

We're heartened to see Colorado's Republican delegation getting on board for a review of the memos and testimony from Comey. When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn.

The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters. His actions endangered the relationship with a close ally that, according to the Post, "has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State".

Israeli intelligence experts said they could not confirm whether an Israeli asset was the source.

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