Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Time for the president to lawyer up, say legal experts

Time for the president to lawyer up, say legal experts

"I think ill health will see him off first", United States politics pundit Scott Lucas of Birmingham University said.

The political avalanche that consumed President Richard Nixon and forced him to resign in August 1974 gained steam more than a year after it was revealed that one of Nixon's most loyal aides had recorded White House attempts to stop the FBI investigation into the Watergate break-in in a series of memoranda.

Jason Chaffetz wrote in a tweet that Comey will be invited to a hearing scheduled for May 24.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

The cloud hanging over the White House mushroomed in February when Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned over concerns about his meetings with Russia's ambassador in Washington.

Our request, submitted to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, comes after The New York Times broke the story that Comey had memorialized his meetings with Trump, including one that took place in February, the day after Flynn was forced to resign amidst revelations he had lied about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

US President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd as he arrives to give the commencement address for the US Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday in New London, Connecticut.

Since US intelligence agencies last October accused Russian Federation of trying to swing the presidential election in Trump's favor, questions have swirled about whether some in his campaign colluded with Moscow.

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. This is mostly a symbolic event, but it does seem to be the first time a congressman has called for Trump to be impeached on the House floor. The volume is growing in Congress for, alternately, a special prosecutor or a select committee, and for Comey to testify publicly - while Republican leadership has largely dismissed such calls.

"The president has been very clear, this is not an accurate representation", he said of Comey. Unanswered questions hang over the entire affair.

When asked about the issue, Representative Justin Amash, of MI, said interfering in an FBI investigation into Mr Flynn could be the basis of such a case "if the allegations are true".

Adam Schiff, the highest-ranked Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said this intervention by Mr Trump, if confirmed, amounted to "interference or obstruction of the investigation".

On May 9, Trump dismissed Comey as head of the FBI, dropping a bombshell in Washington where the opposition suspected him of seeking to stall the agency's Russian Federation investigation.

"What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans", Putin said.

"My view is that there are a lot of pieces coming together", said Peter Zeidenberg, a former public corruption prosecutor.

Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey last Tuesday, supposedly because of his poor handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.

"For the president to tell the FBI to end a potential criminal investigation, that's obstruction of justice", said Erwin Chereminsky, a constitutional law professor and dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law.

"We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo", said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. He did the same after a series of conversations with Dean later that month in which the White House counsel asked Walters if the Central Intelligence Agency could pay for the bail or the salaries of the Watergate burglars.

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