Trump faces fallout over Comey appeal, intelligence sharing

Olive Rios
May 20, 2017

The letter from the senators to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, seeks "all White House records memorializing interactions with Mr. Comey relating 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, or memoranda".

Last week, Senator Grassley had downplayed concerns about Comey's firing, telling those anxious to "suck it up".

Lavrov didn't directly confirm details of their conversation.

While Trump tweeted and voiced his indignation at the White House, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to lead an independent federal Trump-Russia investigation, briefed the entire Senate in private.

Trump made his comments during a lunch with reporters and TV anchors. But I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero. He was replaced by Comey in 2013. Committee aides remained tight-lipped about when Comey might appear.

The White House Counsel's Office worked with the national security adviser, an army general, on framing language, producing a clipped sound bite: "The story that came out tonight as reported is false". Because Comey could handle this one of two ways: The president makes this request, and the first time Comey might say to him, 'You know, Mr. President, it's inappropriate for us to have this conversation, and I would appreciate if you would not make a request like this to me again.' That's a way to handle it that says very clearly to the president that this should never be repeated. A growing list of GOP lawmakers - including Sen.

But such statements, like the handful of House GOP calls for impeachment, represent hairline cracks in Republican party unity rather than any apparent breach that would be required to start proceedings to remove Trump from office.

Sources claim that individuals connected with the Trump campaign may have been co-ordinating with the Russians as far back as April 2016, seven months before the Presidential election.

Meanwhile, they are happy to parrot Trump's talking points that the self-inflicted scandals somehow represent a media conspiracy. A letter from eight Democratic Senators on Wednesday demanded that the Justice Department inspector general examine whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated his pledge to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation by involving himself in the decision to fire Comey and in the search for his successor.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan insisted that Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, were not seeing their legislative agenda mired, but the controversy enveloped Washington. Chaffetz was among Republican congressmen assigned to the Benghazi select committee investigating the deaths of four Americans during a 2012 terrorist attack in Libya.

Meanwhile, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said that "Enough is enough", adding that "Congress needs to get to the bottom of this".

"I need to actually be able to contact him and other than looking him up on Google, I need to network out how to be able do that", Chaffetz told the New York Times.

"On a day when we thought things couldn't get any worse, they have", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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