Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Dear Republicans: It is possible to say no to Trump

Dear Republicans: It is possible to say no to Trump

When the news broke this week that President Trump had passed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister at a White House meeting, administration officials said the story was "false". He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as United States politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

"I don't think he understands it", said the official, adding that Trump needed more detailed briefings before leaving on Friday.

"At this point, the Republican Congress is trying to find a way to get to the bottom of the allegations about the ties between members of the Trump Administration and Russia", Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua. Don't give in, don't back down.

No rush to Trump judgment, Ryan says; Dems demand deep probe
Moscow has denied U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion it meddled in the campaign to try to tilt the election in Trump's favor. Some Republicans are calling for an independent investigation and one even mentioned impeachment.


President Donald Trump told former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to "stay strong" just weeks before the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

BST: Republican Kevin McCarthy suggested that money had exchanged hands between Mr Trump and Mr Putin before last year's presidential election, it emerged overnight.

A small but growing number of Republican US lawmakers have called for an independent probe of possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, spurred by a memo from the fired FBI chief that Trump had sought to impede the agency's investigation. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also sent a letter today demanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over the memo in question, along with any other records documenting Trump's communications with Comey, by next Wednesday.

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The White House pointed to Rosenstein's memo last week as justification for President Trump's abrupt decision to dismiss Comey. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Christopher Murphy of CT backed up Durbin's account of the briefing.


"We have learned, if the reporting is accurate, that the president is willing to directly interfere with an active investigation", Schumer said. John McCain to "get it all out" quickly - because "the longer you delay, the longer it's going to last".

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorised to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The contents of the memo have subsequently been confirmed by other news organizations, including Bloomberg, although the memo itself has not yet surfaced publicly. "The smartest minds in the White House know that, whether it's tax reform or anything else on the public policy front".

Trump said later, however, that he had been thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey, whom he called a "showboat" and a "grandstander" in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt last Thursday.

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Many reformist voters say they are disillusioned, an apathy Rouhani's allies see as the biggest threat to his re-election. Ayatollah Khamenei added that the judgment of the two groups would be premised on the people's turnout on elections day.


Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians. "There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire America First movement", the email to Trump's supporters began.

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