Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

No rush to Trump judgment, Ryan says; Dems demand deep probe


Revelations that Comey - whom Trump abruptly fired last week - kept detailed notes of his past meetings with Trump roiled Washington politics this week. "We want to get back and keep on the track that we're on, because the track that we're on is record-setting", he said.

"My decision (to appoint a special counsel) is not the finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted".

He also, notably, cited Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's "very, very strong recommendation" to fire Comey.

"I determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", he said.

Some Republicans are calling for an independent investigation and one even mentioned impeachment.

Trump assails 'witch hunt' after naming of special counsel
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.


Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained today that "no politician in history" has been treated worse.

Trump fired Comey last week, and The New York Times reported late on Tuesday that Comey kept records on a conversation in which Trump allegedly asked him to end an investigation about his first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's reported financial ties to Turkey and Russian Federation. He riled administrations of both parties with his moral certitude and decisions that critics said strayed from ordinary protocol, such as his public announcement - without the involvement of the Justice Department - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her email use.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the memo.

Later, the Senate judiciary committee whose subcommittee is also investigating Russian meddling into the USA election, requested that the FBI "provide all memos relating to former FBI Director Comey's interactions with his superiors in both the Trump and Obama administrations", according to a statement.

The New York Times, which reported the existence of the Comey memo on Tuesday, notes, "An F.B.I. agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations".

Backed militia recovers Tabqa from IS
The officials didn't say whether the Kurds will receive heavier weapons, including anti-tank missiles and armored vehicles. The Raqqa campaign appeared to have stalled around Tabqa, where the SDF made only slow progress after besieging the town.


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited Comey to testify next Wednesday. Those allegations are already very much in the news thanks to Trump firing Comey - the man leading an investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation - last week.

As the controversy swirled, Trump said in a speech to US Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT he did not get elected "to serve the Washington media or special interests". "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly". Tuesday's news only raises more questions.

In the face of unfairness, "you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight". Moscow has denied U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion it meddled in the campaign to try to tilt the election in Trump's favor. How many memos did Comey write?

Also, as Democrats and some Republicans said Trump's sudden dismissal of Comey last week looked like an attempt to shut down the Russian Federation investigation, Trump also defended the move - saying he had done a bad job at the FBI.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". He called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate. About 10 House Republicans and four Senate Republicans have called for some sort of independent investigation. "There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire "America First" movement". "But everybody in this country gets a fair trial, including the president or anyone else". A simple majority is required in the House to impeach a president, which would lead to a trial by the Senate and possible removal from office. A small number of Democrats also have mentioned impeachment. The White House says the conversation didn't happen as described.

Ag sector to keep close eye on NAFA renegotiations
In 2016, US corn exports to Mexico totaled 13.3 million metric tons (523.5 million bushels) of corn, valued at $2.5 billion. Lighthizer and Ross were also expected to meet with the House Ways and Means Committee, which is chaired by Rep.


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. "Zero", Trump said during the press conference.

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