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White House offers muted response on Comey memo

White House offers muted response on Comey memo

"Nobody knows where this really goes from here", one White House official told Politico, a Washington political news site.

We don't yet know how straight the line is from the FBI's investigation to Comey's dismissal, though Trump did indicate last week that the Russian Federation investigation played a role in his decision.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also sent a letter today demanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over the memo in question, along with any other records documenting Trump's communications with Comey, by next Wednesday. His Twitter feed, which has been a much-used mode of reply to negative news coverage, was quiet.

The questions about Trump's conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

One frustrated senior administration official questioned why Comey didn't complain to Department of Justice officials or to Congress if he thought Trump was trying to impede the Flynn investigation. The only comment came in the form of a brief written denial. That's when, Comey later wrote, the president had asked him to ease off Flynn.

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

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged his fellow lawmakers to "dispassionately do our jobs and make sure the investigations follow the facts where they may lead".

King, who generally votes with the Democrats, said, "We don't want to get into the situation where we're charging our president based on any kind of political considerations". "Concerns about our national security, the rule of law, the independence of our nation's highest law enforcement agencies, are mounting in this land", Schumer said.

Some Democrats in the US Congress have suggested filing an impeachment motion against Donald Trump over his alleged links to Russian Federation. "This is where I stand, I will not be moved".

When a controversy over the use of harsh interrogation flared up in June 2009, Comey's mails made clear that he had not supported the policy. Chaffetz said Wednesday he was inviting Comey to appear before the committee when hearings begin May 24. Richard Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat.

Some have said that if the report were true, it would constitute obstruction of justice and possibly provide grounds for impeachment, but the president has strongly denied the allegation. The Washington Post reports that Comey's memo and Trump's disclosure of classified information to the Russians are "forcing a change in everyone's calculations".

Press Secretary Sean Spicer spoke with reporters today about what James Comey wrote in his explosive memo on President Trump's request that he stop his probe on Michael Flynn.

If Trump does have taped conversations with Comey, they may well end up as part of an investigation into whether he fired Comey because he wouldn't end the Russia-related investigations. "There was presumably no conspiracy, no third party involved", Hosko told VOA.

He and other Democrats said Comey must testify before lawmakers about his conversations with the president.


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