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Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after

Key moments of Trump-Comey clash and what's come after

Adding to the furor, The New York Times first reported Tuesday on claims that Trump asked Comey to end a bureau probe into then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Russian Federation contacts.

"We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time", Connecticut Sen. Former President Bill Clinton was impeached on grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice while he was in the White House, but the Senate acquitted him in 1999, which is what happened to then-President Andrew Johnson in 1868. "I want to hear it from him", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in an MSNBC interview, referring to Comey.

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The White House has denied the report, which came amid a furore over the president's discussions with Russian diplomats in which Trump is said to have disclosed classified information.

As if that were not enough to provoke accusations of a cover-up, on Tuesday The New York Times obtained details of a memo written by Mr Comey in which he suggested Mr Trump had asked him to end his investigation into Mr Flynn. The following day, The New York Times reported, Trump asked Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave a national security meeting so Trump could speak with Comey alone.

Since US intelligence agencies last October accused Russian Federation of trying to swing the presidential election in Trump's favor, questions have swirled about whether some in his campaign colluded with Moscow.

Haldeman called Walters and Helms to the White House, where he said "that the bugging of the Watergate was creating a lot of noise, that the opposition was attempting to maximize this, that the FBI was investigating this and the leads might lead to some important people, and he asked Mr. Helms what the Agency connection was", Walters told a Senate committee in September 1973. Why isn't it likely that Trump was saying "let it go" in the sense of "finish it"?

There is a kind of unspoken arrangement between President Trump and congressional Republicans.

McConnell's office added in a statement that Comey publicly testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee would be "appropriate and timely". If the official in question is the president, then the chief justice of the US Supreme Court is the presiding judge, otherwise it is the vice president in his role as president of the Senate.

It's far too soon to make a definitive judgment about whether any laws have been broken in connection with the president's contacts with James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired a week ago.

Trump himself is helping investigators put all of those pieces together, through interviews, tweets and offhand comments to reporters, said Zeidenberg.

To date, the Republican party - however reluctantly - has backed Mr Trump, though it remains to be seen if the latest revelations change minds.

"You already knew the media was out to get us", it said.

The FBI and several congressional panels are probing allegations of collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation, something the president flatly denies.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly insisted on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has been "very clear" that he had never tried to influence an FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the US election.

Citing unnamed sources, the Washington Post had reported that Mr Trump had shared intelligence with Mr Lavrov regarding an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes.


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