Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Probe

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Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Probe

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said there were those who would like to do harm to the president and said there would be no rush to judgment.

"You already knew the media was out to get us", it said. The "memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings" the House demanded to see first-hand will answer "questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede" the FBI, Chafettz said in the letter.

"Today we learned that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey documented his conversations with President Trump in a series of memos".

Trump reportedly told Comey he should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information.

News Tuesday of Trump's request of Comey immediately renewed concerns from congressional Democrats that Trump was trying to obstruct an investigation that's been examining potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Flynn has been at the centre of that investigation shortly after Trump's arrival to the White House.

Comey had been overseeing investigations into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

Trump denies any wrongdoing in those incidents, and he used a speech to U.S. Coast Guard cadets in CT on Wednesday to cast himself as a victim of an over-zealous media and Congress. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

Trump fired Flynn on February 13.

Adam Schiff, the highest ranked Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said this intervention by Mr Trump, if correct, amounted to "interference or obstruction of the investigation".

Some lawmakers are accusing President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice after revelations that FBI Director James Comey wrote a private account of the president asking him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Of course, the defense today is that McMaster is part of the Russian conspiracy.

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Mr Trump abruptly fired Mr Comey last week, and later told NBC News that he was thinking about the FBI's investigation into contacts between his campaign associates and Russian Federation, which he has derided as fake news, when he did so.

Republican U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of a House of Representatives oversight committee, said his committee "is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists".

Here's the sick puppy in action: "He had grown enraged by the Russian Federation investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russian Federation".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called it deeply disturbing.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". As an independent actor, Comey might yet have uncovered constitutional issues: entanglement with a foreign power, emolument issues, other problems as yet unforeseen.

The Times report also said Comey documented every conversation he had with Trump in detailed memos, including the president's request to drop the investigation on Flynn.

The revelations swung the White House into action which strongly refuted the allegations.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice-President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

According to The New York Times, who had the unclassified memo read to them by a Comey associate over the phone, it purported claims that Trump pressured Comey to end the FBI investigation into Mike Flynn. "He is a good guy".

The scene: "Mr. Comey had been in the Oval Office [the day after Flynn was fired] with other senior national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing".

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive" and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice". National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the president's comments were "wholly appropriate".

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