Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Judiciary panel expects to ask Comey to testify

"That is what Congress does in oversight of the executive", the Wisconsin Republican said, responding to the news that the FBI director had documented a request from the president that he drop the investigation into former aide Michael Flynn.

Trump fired Comey last week, with the White House initially claiming it was because of a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that concluded Comey had mishandled the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Despite Flynn telling the team about the investigation into whether he secretly worked as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign on January 4, about a month after he was informed, Trump still gave Flynn the adviser position, the report said. He said that "everybody in this country gets a fair trial, (whether) it's the president or anyone else".

Amash became the first Republican lawmaker to raise the specter of impeachment.

Most of California's 14 Republicans in the U.S. House remain cautious on the calls for an independent prosecutor to probe the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Graham says the controversies will follow Trump overseas.

The pair then discussed Flynn, who was under investigation at the time for his ties to Russian Federation.

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", said the statement.

Momentum for independent action is growing rapidly in Congress, though usually in Republican-held districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won past year. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment". He says there is "clearly a lot of politics being played".

"If these reports are true, the President's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Comey's bombshell account of the February conversation is the latest headache for a White House increasingly in turmoil. The Wisconsin Republican says Congress will want to know if Trump asked Comey to end the probe, "why didn't he take action at the time".

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at USA politicians whipping up what he described as "anti-Russian sentiment" for being either "stupid" or "dangerous". "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president", Ryan said.

Putin dismissed the USA politicians, whom he did not identify, as either being "stupid" or "dangerous and unscrupulous" who are wittingly "causing the damage to their own country".

In the memo, which Comey shared with top Federal Bureau of Investigation associates, the former director wrote that Trump said, "I hope you can let this go", in relation to the inquiry into Flynn's actions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the ongoing scandal around President Donald Trump sharing classified intelligence with Russian officials as "political schizophrenia".

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister on Wednesday, Putin said he had "no other explanation" as to why Trump came under attack other than "political schizophrenia".

Trump's alleged request to Comey about the Flynn investigation came the day after Flynn was forced to resign after misleading the administration about his contact with Russian officials. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey". "It's one thing to have to have the New York Times report it, it's another to be able to look at what it is", he said. Several came to his defense and sought to close ranks.

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Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

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