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Texas congressman calls for impeachment of President Trump

20 May 2017, 12:02 | Gladys Abbott

"To the extent the prior administration's records of interactions with Mr. Comey about these topics may now be housed at the National Archives or elsewhere, we ask that you make the relevant personnel there aware of the request and authorize them to release the records to the committee", the letter reads.

The White House issued a furious denial after the notes were disclosed late Tuesday, near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts".

Several committees in Congress were quickly moving to address the Comey memo story Wednesday.

Trump blasted that decision, echoing his Thursday morning tweets and comments he made over lunch with network news anchors that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt" that "divides the country". His opponents say he's unfit for office, but that's a judgment call, not a standard by which presidents can be impeached. Rep. Aderholt said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., showed optimism about the upcoming races in a closed-door discussion with House Republicans Wednesday, pointing to recent House passage of legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare".

While the media is the easy target, the bigger question is who is leaking such sensitive information from inside the White House to undermine the President. Only the U.S. Senate can do this after a trial.

The move followed rising demands for an independent probe of alleged Russian efforts to sway the outcome of November's presidential election in favor of Trump and against Democrat Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, when Trump is scheduled to be in Rome to meet with the Pope, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has asked Comey to appear at a congressional hearing. Nor is the Comey memo.

"Drama is not helpful in getting things done", he added. It's a version of events that the White House denies. White House statements are about as believable as those issued regularly by the Kremlin.

Flynn was sacked on February 13 after it was revealed he had misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak about U.S. sanctions recently imposed on Russia; Flynn had been speaking with Kislyak during the transition period between Election Day and Trump's inauguration. Lawmakers from both political parties said they want to hear Comey testify in public, an idea that Comey associates have said he favors.

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If Republicans pull off victories in upcoming special House elections in Georgia, Montana and SC, they'll likely be even more encouraged to stay the course with Trump.

U.S. intelligence officials have praised the appointment of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as the special prosecutor responsible for investigating the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation.

"I'd be leaning more toward cancellation if I thought it likely the tumult Trump keeps unleashing were going to settle down rather than continue unabated", said Kori Schake, a former official in the George W. Bush State Department who has also co-authored a book with Mattis.

"'I hope you can let this go, '" Trump told Comey of the Flynn investigation, the same source said. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation. When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn.

The most convincing defence offered for this apparently remarkable blunder is that the president, because he does not often read intelligence briefings, or indeed nearly anything over a page in length, could not have known the sensitivity of the information he chose to divulge to the Russians. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS and terrorism", he said. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.

At this point, people close to Trump said, modifying the trip in any way would give the impression that the White House is in crisis mode-an image they are trying to fight.



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