Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump's Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe

Olive Rios
May 19, 2017

Trump often speaks in hyperbolic language, however, which means he may not have necessarily expected Comey to ever imprison members of the press, despite what sounds like a rather frightening suggestion.

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.

At the news conference, the president also reiterated his claim that the Justice Department's decision to appoint a special counsel to look into possible collusion with Russia was "a witch hunt", saying he had never colluded with the Russians.

The US President also said there was no collusion between himself and Russian Federation.

Donald Trump embarks on his first trip overseas as president today amid growing controversy at home over his firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey and the special counsel probe of Russian interference and potential connections to Trump aides. Another report, in The Washington Post, that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats in a meeting in the Oval Office last week has amplified concerns about the president's dealings with Moscow.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.

Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, countered that Ryan and the Republicans had shown "zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

US stocks rallied back on Thursday after seeing their biggest drop in eight months the previous day on worries that the political turmoil could sideline Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favouring economic growth.

"We need a great director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He can take care of himself", the Colombian president said. "You can't let them get you down, can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".

"I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda", McConnell told Bloomberg News.

Initial statements from the White House said Mr Trump had fired Mr Comey on the recommendation of the Justice Department, due to his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president. "I'd think he'd be a good choice", Graham said.

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