Monday, 23 October, 2017

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

Owen Mccarthy | 18 May, 2017, 02:03

Some lawmakers are accusing President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice after revelations that FBI Director James Comey wrote a private account of the president asking him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Impeachment involves a vote in the House of Representatives, where the Republicans have a majority.

On Friday, Trump embarks on a world tour that will take him from Riyadh, where he is scheduled to deliver a speech reportedly discussing Islam; to Jerusalem, where he is scheduled to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall; to the Vatican, where he is expected to meet the pope.

After standing by Donald Trump during the rockiest launch of a presidency in modern times, key Senate Republicans began edging away from him on Tuesday amid new disclosures that he gave top secret intelligence to the Russians, and attempted to tamp down an FBI investigation into his campaign's ties to Russians.

Stay tuned: The NYT highlights two key facts: (1) Comey wrote a memo after every interaction with the president, including some that remain classified, so there might be more shoes yet to drop and (2) an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's notes are widely held up as admissible in court proceedings.

Democrats called the memo a "smoking gun" and said "history is watching" how Congress acts, while even Republicans expressed concern and called on the White House to explain the memo beyond its original broad denial.

The White House has denied reports that Trump pressed Comey to drop an investigation into Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

"The memo was part of a paper trail Mr Comey created documenting what he perceived as the President's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation", the Times reports.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the president told Mr Comey, according to the memo.

"He's a good guy".

March 8, 2017: During a cybersecurity conference at Boston College, Comey says he plans to serve his entire 10-year term, quipping, "You're stuck with me for another 6 1/2 years".

Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for the New York Times, wrote that while Trump may not be guilty of the "high crimes and misdemeanors" necessary for impeachment, he had shown himself incapable of governing the country.

Coming the day after charges that Trump disclosed sensitive information to the Russians last week, the new disclosure further rattled members of Congress.

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Taken at face value, the disclosures about the Comey memo appear to provide the clearest sign yet that Trump tried to pressure the FBI and the Justice Department over the Russian Federation investigation.

Legal experts took a dim view of Mr Trump's comments, as quoted in the memo.

And about Clinton's relationship with Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee, the proceedings stated: "During the Jones case, the President obstructed justice and had an understanding with Ms. Lewinsky to jointly hide the truth about their relationship by concealing gifts subpoenaed by Ms. Jones's attorneys".

"Telling the FBI director to close down an investigation of your senior campaign adviser for his activities during your campaign for president, if that's true, that is obstruction of justice".

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: "It's hard to avoid the conclusion that the president's decision to remove Director Comey was related to this investigation, and that is truly unacceptable".

Two congressional committees are conducting their own investigations of ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign, and the FBI or other intelligence agencies may have unknown investigations of the presidency or presidential campaign under way.

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.

A former Justice Department official said that Comey's step in recording the details of the White House meeting was "not out of character", especially if he was concerned about the legality or moral issues.

Comey intends to "go public" with the memos from his interactions with Trump, according to NBC's Ken Dilanian.

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. "There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire "America First" movement".

A former intelligence official tells CBS News that someone could die over this type of information.

The information had come from a U.S. ally, which was later revealed by United States media to be Israel.

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