Memo alleges Donald Trump tried to shut down investigation

Trump On Twitter Admits Sharing Info With Russia Says He Asked Comey To Find Leakers Of Intelligence

Key House and Senate Republicans say they aim to hear from Comey and to get the source documents cited in The New York Times report Tuesday (May 16) that the president had asked Comey to shut down a federal investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Flynn has been at the centre of that investigation shortly after Trump's arrival to the White House.

"It looks like he was trying to impede the investigation", said CNN senior political analyst David Gergen.

The White House disputed the account of the Comey memo.

Indian American Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi termed the revelations as "a serious breach of the law".

Comey's memos could be valuable in any obstruction investigation.

While President Donald Trump nor anyone else from his team took to the air Sunday regarding a tumultuous week in Washington, Haley was out front regarding the president and his dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

After the latest news broke, Josh Blackman, an associate professor of law at the South Texas College of Law in Houston who specializes in constitutional law, called the latest news "problematic". "What the president shared was wholly appropriate", he said. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

But that may be changing.

"I have my subpoena pen ready", Chaffetz tweeted on Tuesday.

While others criticize Trump as erratic and unpredictable, Haley offered a different take.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., emphatically said he's not commenting on news stories anymore.

"What we're seeing.is an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time".

"I don't have any doubt you're not becoming a serial, entrepreneurial Republican", Kasich said in return. It is not enough to show that a defendant knew the act would have a side effect of impeding an investigation; achieving that obstruction has to have been the specific intention. Nothing could do more damage to Republicans' brand as the party of principles and values than their willingness to stand by and say nothing if those values are being challenged.

Representative Jason Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee, delivered the strongest Republican response, saying his panel will demand to see the memo.

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"This is an explosive allegation and it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice".

He said he's been waiting for an explanation from the White House about exactly what was said to the Russians in the Oval Office on Wednesday.

That intervention made him a hero for Democrats. "And they've got to come to grips with all that's happening".

July 5, 2016: He holds news conference to announce that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, over her email practices as secretary of state, but criticizes Clinton and her staff for being "extremely careless" in their handling of classified material.

Nor are any Republicans joining Democrats in impeachment talk.

Trump lauded Comey for his conduct.

Chaffetz sent a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, demanding that the agency produce all "memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings" of Comey's meetings with Trump no later than May 24. Tuesday's reports that the President tried to get him to shelve the Flynn probe only thicken the plot. However, in a spectacular twist of stupidity, the president pissed on all that and once again told NBC News it had nothing to do with any recommendation.

"He really needs a lawyer", Ms O'Sullivan said of Mr Trump.

But any whiff of tension between McMaster and Trump would cause more headaches for the White House on the Hill, since the general is extremely well respected among the Republican senators who are going wobbly on Trump.

Since Comey would testify from Congress, and Trump can command the bully pulpit, both men, in effect would be vying for victory in the court of public opinion.

Comey, in the very act of taking notes about his conversations with Trump, seems to have indicated that at the very least he considered the President a problematic character who could embroil him in future controversies.

Trump has already made clear his deep antipathy to Comey. After firing him, Trump told NBC News that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director was a "showboat" and a "grandstander" whom he had been planning to jettison for months.

Those unflattering impressions are not likely to be improved if Trump, ever the showman himself, tunes in on cable television to watch Comey starring in a hearing that keeps the rest of the country on tenterhooks. If Trump allies fail to paint Comey as a discredited figure, he could impose deep political damage on the President.

But while some Republicans were clearly frustrated by recent events that have overwhelmed the White House, other GOP lawmakers kept focused on the Trump Agenda. "This would be pretty thin soup for even an impeachment proceeding".

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