Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after


While that alone raised many, many eyebrows, the allegation that Trump pressured Comey to ease up on Flynn is, as the New York Times described it, "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation".

Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science at Iona College in NY, said it was too soon to talk about impeachment or Mr Trump's removal from office. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) also scheduled an Federal Bureau of Investigation hearing for next Wednesday, as first reported by the Daily News, and also said he was seeking to invite Comey to address his committee.

Flynn left his post in February after media reports that he misled the vice president about his contacts with Russian Federation.

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday formally invited fired FBI Director James Comey to testify, and asked FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe for any memos or other notes the FBI possesses from Comey about his communications with administration officials. "I hope you can let this go".

The commotion around Trump's statements on Flynn has somewhat obscured his no less chilling request that Comey jail journalists for publishing information based on leaks - something that has never happened in the history of this country.

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Mark Warner, said he is pretty confident Comey will testify and hopes the "majority" of what the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director says will be in an open-hearing setting. "Using language like, 'can you give the guy a break?' might work in business but it doesn't work in the White House and it doesn't work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director", she said.

Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down the federal investigation into since-ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, The New York Times reported Tuesday evening.

Afterward, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, White House spokesman Sean Spicer brushed aside questions about the congressional inquiries.

"In stark terms I explained to him what this would look like some day and what it would mean for the president and the government", Comey wrote in a 2005 email message to his chief of staff, according to the Politico report. He would be willing to subpoena the documents as well, he has said. The Flynn investigation was part of a broader probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

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Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr on Tuesday said the burden on proof is on the New York Times, which first reported the Comey memo, to publish it.

Critics said the president was guilty of obstruction of justice.

It's far too soon to make a definitive judgment about whether any laws have been broken in connection with the president's contacts with James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired a week ago. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

When asked about the issue, Representative Justin Amash, of MI, said interfering in an FBI investigation into Mr Flynn could be the basis of such a case "if the allegations are true".

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