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Trump Asked FBI's Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry

Trump Asked FBI's Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump had a... Indeed, consider a defense we are hearing Wednesday of the president's comments from February.

"I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America for obstruction of justice", Green said.

In early March, Flynn retroactively registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department, acknowledging that the work his firm was doing while he served as a Trump campaign adviser and designated national security adviser "could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey".

And without Trump having taken a concrete step to obstruct justice, such as firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, that defense would have worked.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said.

The pressure on congressional Republicans to step up their oversight of the Trump administration intensified this week when the "Washington Post" on Monday reported that the president shared classified information related to the Isil with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week.

Democrats pointed out that Ryan had called for Democrat Hillary Clinton to be denied classified briefings after Comey concluded past year that she was careless in how she handled classified information over her email accounts.

The events of the first 117 days of the Trump White House - and, especially, the last 7 days - suggest that assumption might be dead wrong. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation. The source says Comey wanted to keep the memos in a safe place in case they came in handy down the road.

On Thursday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) told reporters that Flynn's lawyers "said he would not honor the subpoena, and that's not a surprise to the committee".

The White House also denied that Trump intervened in the Flynn investigation. That decision, coming as it did while his campaign is under active investigation, resulted in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Trump-Russia shadiness and has sparked calls for Trump's impeachment.

The president can declassify what he wants, when he wants, but these disclosures could lead to a "ripple effect", one former senior administration official told FP during a phone interview.

"If you are talking about that, I can see no secrets here", he said. But Abraham added that he still stands behind Trump "100 percent", and said he is thrilled with Trump's addition of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the House of Representatives' recent vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and deregulation that he said has helped farmers and businesses in his district.

"If in fact what was in the memo is true, it's very concerning and we need to get to the bottom of that", Kinzinger said on CNN.


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