Trump faces deepest crisis of presidency with Comey memo

Former FBI Director Comey to Testify Before US Congress Soon
Senate Russia investigators invite Comey to testify, seek documents
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20 May, 2017

FBI Director James Comey during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 20, 2017.

Comey wrote that Trump asked him to drop a probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a day after the president dismissed Flynn.

"If Comey really thought the president had crossed a line he would have reported it and he didn't", Ronna Romney McDaniel said on Fox News Radio.

While we hope that Congress will be serious about its constitutional oversight role, we believe the issues raised by the Comey memos are so vital that the public should have access to them without delay.

The White House has denied the allegation that Mr Trump had tried to influence Mr Comey.

Spicer spoke aboard Air Force One following Trump's remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT.

Senators Charles Grassley, a Republican, and Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the White House, asking for "records of interactions with former Director Comey, including any audio recordings".

The pair then discussed Flynn, who was under investigation at the time for his ties to Russian Federation.

The White House quickly fired back against Comey's memo, saying 'the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn'.

King, who generally votes with the Democrats, said, "We don't want to get into the situation where we're charging our president based on any kind of political considerations". "We don't have to wait for a president; in fact a lot of people in Congress get irritated when presidents interfere".

"If the White House is looking for this global trip to turn the page, then it really needs to come off well without any balls dropped or serious mistakes", said the strategist, who requested anonymity.

Does this rise to the level of criminal obstruction of justice? Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., who told the press: "I've asked Comey to come before the Judiciary Committee to tell his side of the story".

Amash is the first Republican lawmaker to raise the specter of impeachment. Then, in a telling sign the temperature was going up, he said at a GOP dinner Tuesday night that the Trump situation has reached "Watergate size and scale".

President Trump is hosting a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manual Santos at the White House Thursday afternoon, the president's first press conference in a week of rapid-fire developments.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated demands for a special prosecutor.

"On its face, this is a textbook prima facie case of an attempt to obstruct justice", concluded Sen.


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