Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Former FBI Director Comey to Testify Before US Congress Soon

Former FBI Director Comey to Testify Before US Congress Soon

Trump told the Russians details of the plot that the US had received from a partner country. The S&P 500 was on track for its worst day since September.

The tumult in Washington deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation. The FBI is investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

But a leading US Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply.

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Comey had written notes about a conversation with Trump where the president urged him to drop the FBI investigation into former national security advisor Mike Flynn's alleged links to Russian Federation and Turkey.

On Wednesday, in a statement released by the White House, Mr. Trump said: "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

Along with Russian Federation and Comey-related inquires, Ryan could also face questions about the health care bill, which is now making its way through the Senate.

Senate Judiciary Committee members requested similar records. According to Putin, this latest accusation against Trump is "political schizophrenia".

"He also told me that Trump was perceptibly uncomfortable with this answer", wrote Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a critic of Trump.

The embattled president has a love-hate history when it comes to leaks.

In the face of unfairness, "you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight". Never ever, ever give up. Trump later said he had already chose to dismiss him and was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing".

Russia, despite recent Republican efforts to whitewash its reputation, is not a USA ally.

The White House initially said last week that Trump was prompted to fire Comey after reading the Rosenstein letter.

Ryan endorsed the House Oversight committee's request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump. Ryan backed Chaffetz's request.

Ryan declined to wade into whether Trump obstructed justice - a crime under USA law.

In a pair of morning Twitter posts and at a later news conference, the Republican president described urgings by some on the left for his impeachment as "ridiculous" and said he had done nothing to warrant criminal charges.

Do you think Vladimir Putin should release the Russian transcript of the controversial meeting between Donald Trump and Sergey Lavrov? "It also means more questions about the administration's ability to garner enough Republican, let alone bipartisan support, for the policy pledges for which investors are growing increasingly impatient". A simple majority is required in the House to impeach a president, which would lead to a trial by the Senate and possible removal from office. "I think we are in the position now where it's time for an independent commission or a special prosecutor or whatever".

"This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Democrats and a number of Republicans said they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

In his most unsafe and irresponsible act so far, Trump shared highly classified information with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to the USA, who visited the White House last week.

Speaking at a Coast Guard graduating ceremony in Connecticut, President Trump took a swipe at the media.

Putin's offer could pressure the White House to provide its own transcript of the meeting.

Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said that while he has confidence in Trump, he wants members to dutifully exercise their role as congressional investigators. Ryan stuck to that line and told reporters on Wednesday he still has confidence in Trump.

"If in fact what was in the memo is true, it's very concerning and we need to get to the bottom of that", Kinzinger said on CNN. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president", Ryan said. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Ryan added. "So there are a lot of unanswered questions".

"Controversy after controversy or cut after cut is not good for any administration", Senator Richard Shelby told reporters.

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