GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey

Elias Hubbard
May 20, 2017

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr, said Flynn's lawyer told the panel he would not honour its subpoena seeking relevant documents. In it, Comey said the president asked him to abandon the Flynn investigation, according to a person who was given a copy of the memo and spoke on condition of anonymity.

As for Comey, whom Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo.

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.

Donald Trump gave vent to frustrations over his mounting political problems on Wednesday, declaring that no president in USA history had been treated "more unfairly".

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". Another wrinkle in this disaster comes via McClatchy, who reports that in the early months of Trump's presidency, Flynn's priorities were already influenced by his secret lobbying work for Turkey.

Flynn, who ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days, is at the centre of a sprawling federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.

On the Russian Federation debacle she said, "Once again we are faced with inexplicable stories coming from the White House that are highly troubling".

Trump's plea on Flynn's behalf - perhaps it was prompted by the belief that his aide was a "good guy", perhaps by fear about what goods that good guy might have on him - is the mirror image of his debate pronouncement that "if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation". Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

The Comey memo's emergence had congressional Democrats suggesting that the president engaged in obstruction of justice, an impeachable offence.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press responded to Trump's suggestion to imprison members of the media, saying in a statement that it "should not intimidate the press but inspire it", according to CNBC.

Lawmakers need to hear Comey testify and get documents or transcripts of any meetings he had with Trump, Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told CNN on Wednesday. We do know from press accounts that there was ambiguity about the conversations. 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".

Comey wrote the memo documenting the conversation with Trump because he was uneasy about the president's request, even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation director didn't consider it a direct threat, said the person who received a copy. "At worst, he has obstructed justice".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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