Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Putin calls flap over Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats 'political schizophrenia'

Putin calls flap over Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats 'political schizophrenia'

Responding to a reporter's question, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash agreed Wednesday that President Donald Trump could face impeachment proceedings if allegations that he urged the former FBI director to drop an investigation prove true. Ultimately, any proof that Trump tried to meddle in an FBI investigation may result in obstruction of justice charges.

According to the source who read Comey's memo, Trump told Comey: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president", the Wisconsin Republican said.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stressed that Congress has an "obligation" to provide oversight of Trump and called for a careful fact-gathering.

Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet early on Wednesday on Twitter, his favoured platform for reaching his base.

As the controversy swirled in Washington, Trump had defiant words during a speech to US Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT, complaining about media coverage and saying no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly".

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said. Never, ever, give up.

Amash was also one of two Republicans, alongside North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, who co-sponsored Democrats' legislation calling for the creation of an independent commission to continue Comey's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. While the Judiciary Committee has been conducting its own investigation into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, it hasn't been as high-profile as the Senate Intelligence Committee's inquiry. House Oversight Committee chair, Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, has requested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over all documents it has on conversations between President Trump and Jim Comey, saying that if the memo exists, his committee will get its hands on it.

Chairman Senator Richard Burr and Vice-Chairman Senator Mark Warner have also asked that Mr Comey appears before them in both open and closed sessions. "The president implied in a tweet last week that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Comey".

The bombshell Comey news came as the beleaguered administration was still struggling mightily to explain Monday's revelation that the president had disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and the country's ambassador to the United States.

Putin dismissed the US politicians, whom he did not identify, as either being "stupid" or "dangerous and unscrupulous" who are wittingly "causing the damage to their own country".

Donald Trump gave vent to frustrations over his mounting political problems on Wednesday (May 17), declaring that no president in USA history had been treated "more unfairly". "We can not have this constant chaos and serious questions being raised virtually every single day". "I don't think we know exactly what happened".

Other Republicans trod cautiously amid the fast-moving developments.

"Let's let Congress do its job, and let's not panic here", James Comer told reporters. "This is a new administration".

"I think if you look at the three bombshells we've had", Gergen added, "what we see is a presidency that's starting to come apart".

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