Amash: Grounds for Impeachment if Comey's Trump Memo Is True

President Donald Trump gestures while giving the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday
The Latest: Ryan says no rush to judgment on Comey firing
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20 May, 2017

Now that he's been fired, Comey can turn around and say oh yes he has.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday requested any memos or recordings from President Trump's meetings with former FBI Director James Comey.

For Democrats but also for some moderate Republicans, there is growing concern that the Trump White House refused to hand over transcripts or tapes, with "three separate congressional investigations ongoing into Russian meddlings or ties between Russian officials and Trump's staff", she said.

If provable, would it be obstruction of justice? What is each party's respective strategy moving forward? In a separate but related probe, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into Flynn's ties with Russian Federation.

Comey took notes during the meeting with Trump. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".

President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure to Groton, Connecticut, May 17, 2017.

But Democrats said they think Republicans have not yet done enough.

"Our job is to be responsible, sober and focused only on gathering the facts", Ryan said when asked about the memo.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said around midday Tuesday that he'd spent the morning trying to get someone at the White House to call him and explain what had actually happened.

Kislyak has been at the center of USA investigations into whether members of the Trump election campaign had improper contact with Russian officials during the campaign a year ago.

They are asking McGahn to hand over any recordings tied to "the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda".

"I would have no way to know that", Tillerson said Wednesday.

Comey, who was known to keep a paper trail of sensitive meetings, chronicled the President's request soon after the February Oval Office meeting with the President, an associate who has seen the memo told the Associated Press. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey". (The fact that Trump supposedly asked everyone else to leave the room before raising the matter with Comey doesn't bode well for Trump's state of mind.) He may have thought that Trump, as a new president, a first-time public official, and a guy whose grasp on civics often seems ... not the best, deserved the benefit of the doubt early on, especially since Comey running to his superiors would have imperiled Trump's presidency. Even as Trump has admitted to astonishing chunks of the stories -- that Russia was on his mind when he fired Comey, and that he did share intelligence information with his Russian guests -- the president's aides maintain that he did nothing inappropriate in his handling of Flynn, Comey or intelligence secrets.

Republicans still call the shots in Congress, however, and it's a significant leap to get them to abandon the Trump presidency and any hope of advancing their agenda for the foreseeable future. In a tweet, Trump said he had the authority to reveal information to the Russians in his efforts to develop greater cooperation with Moscow on counter-terrorism issues.

White House aides are right to decry the leaks behind the extraordinary revelations.


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