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

While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky

While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky

"Comey" class="local_link" >James Comey kept written memos of his meetings with Trump in which the President asked him to drop the investigation into former NSA Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. Justin Amash said when asked if the matter was grounds for impeachment. And while that government was Turkey, the money came from a Russian oligarch, who like all the Russian oligarchs keeps his fortune and his life only so long as Vladimir Putin does not want him robbed or whacked. Then, speaking to NBC's Lester Holt, Trump said that right before he fired Comey, he thought of how the Russian Federation investigation was fake news - basically confirming our worst fears and making his entire staff look like fools.

Mr Trump spoke hours after Paul Ryan, the most senior Republican in Congress, warned against "rushing to judgment" on the latest scandal to engulf the president. It's not whether they think supporting Trump is good for their political futures, but whether it actually helps them pass their agenda.

Ryan supported the White House. "The point is he was trying to interfere with an investigation", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president, most damagingly the suggestion he may have obstructed justice by asking his Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to drop a probe into one of his former top advisors. We have an obligation to carry out our oversight, regardless of which party is in the White House.

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"I'm sure we're going to go on to hear from Mr. Comey about why, if this happened as he allegedly describes, why didn't he take action at the time", Ryan said. In the investigation of possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 election, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself because of his own undisclosed contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.

The Hill, a Washington publication, identified Amash as the first Republican to mention impeachment after The New York Times reported Tuesday about a Comey memo recounting Trump's request.

No, anyone who believes in the independence of criminal inquiries - free from executive manipulation and political agenda - can not let this go.

Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley urged caution to those calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying actual evidence of a crime remains to be seen.

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According to the Washington Post, Trump disclosed highly-classified details about an Islamic State plot to plant explosives on laptops with a view to blowing up commercial airliners, and named the city in Syria where an intelligence source is believed to have gathered the information.

Imagine the reaction from Chaffetz - whose career has been marked by years of chasing phantoms - if Hillary Clinton had tried to stonewall an FBI investigation of any kind. Chaffetz's letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe requests all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings that relate to any communications between Comey and the president.

Islamophobic and racist remarks, allegations of sexual assault, and even firing Comey did not seem to cross the line in the eyes of Congressional Republicans, but Comey's memo could still be a game-changer if - and only if - Republicans care more about their country than about keeping Trump in power.

It is too soon to say this is the beginning of the end for a president who has already defied predictions of his political demise.

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