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Here's What One Endangered Republican Said About Trump
19 May 2017, 10:34 | Jan Cross
YURI KADOBNOV EPA Pool Russian President Vladimir Putin
In a late-breaking story from the New York Times on Thursday night, reporter Michael Schmidt noted how James Comey was repeatedly approached by Donald Trump and his associates, in an apparent bid to develop a congenial relationship between the president and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
The deputy attorney general, who on Wednesday appointed a special counsel to investigate possible Russia-Trump campaign coordination during the 2016 presidential campaign, made his appearances before Congress as Trump was preparing to leave for his first foreign trip as president. And if those other memos do come to light and show similar exchanges with Trump, that's going to be very hard for the White House to combat in the court of public opinion.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who took over last week after Comey was sacked, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that, "There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date".
They realised that selecting such a high-ranking official would in some ways validate the story, but they wanted to establish a credible witness account exonerating the President from wrongdoing - before the barrage of Twitter posts they knew would be coming from Trump yesterday morning. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.
Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important".
That last sentence should strike fear into the White House. Aides have said he hopes for a full explanation from the White House.
"The last thing I want to do is pre-judge anything".
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"And if there are transcripts, we need those transcripts as well", she added.
"Obviously they're in a downward spiral right now", he said, "and they've got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening".
Meadows also told reporters that if memos exist, Congress should have access to them.
"The anti-Trump press believes it smells blood in the water", said Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, a staunch Trump supporter who accused the mainstream media of "hyperventilating breathlessness".
Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.
But for many Americans, including President Donald Trump's staunchest supporters, the "crisis in Washington" is not about possible missteps by Trump or questions over whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation. After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching".
The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials.
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