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The Latest: Ryan says no rush to judgment on Comey firing
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19 May, 2017

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

Trump also changed his story once again about the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing, returning again to the White House's original rationale that he based his decision on Rosenstein's recommendation.

Trump is leaving Friday for his first foreign trip, to the Mideast and beyond, and aides had hoped the disarray at home would have been calmed if not resolved by take-off time.

The Russia matter has consumed Washington and overshadowed Republican legislative priorities including a planned healthcare overhaul and sweeping tax cuts, something the party had hoped to make rapid progress on given its control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan however said it was crucial to let investigations run their course before rushing to judgment. Lieberman is also senior counsel at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, and Friedman, a law firm that has frequently represented Trump over the past decade.

But calmness seemed far off.

Pressure built on U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday as lawmakers intensified probes into his ouster of the FBI chief and possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, more fellow Republicans called for an independent investigation and one even mentioned impeachment.

Did he collude with Russian Federation in his campaign to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton?

Even without an immediate subpoena, Cummings said he was "encouraged that the chairman sent a letter last night asking for the Comey memos".

"That's what I want to be focused on, because there's no collusion".

Trump blasted that decision, echoing his Thursday morning tweets and comments he made over lunch with network news anchors that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt" that "divides the country". "It's special", he said.

In addition to contradicting Comey's account of the encounter, Trump's comments also put him into stark opposition with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who appointed the special counselor and whose memo criticizing Comey was initially used as justification by the White House to explain the president's decision to fire his Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

It was not clear if the advancing forces were Syrian army troops or other pro-government allies, but they were flying Syrian flags and began constructing berms and fighting positions, officials said. While Graham praised Mueller, he added that his appointment curtails lawmakers' investigative abilities.

"I hate to see anything that divides".

The president said he thought the ousting would be greeted with bipartisan support. Loudermilk said Wednesday that after spending an 11-day recess back home, he's convinced his voters remain strongly supportive of the president. Claire McCaskill, after a Senate meeting with Rosenstein, said Rosenstein was aware Comey would be fired before writing the memo justifying Comey's firing.

Trump referred to Comey's testimony at a recent Capitol Hill hearing, after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his testimony regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices. "Everybody thinks so", Trump said.


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