Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

White House knew sacked adviser was under investigation

White House knew sacked adviser was under investigation

A memo reportedly penned by Comey after a February meeting with Trump suggested the president had asked him to halt a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.

President Trump is hosting a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manual Santos at the White House Thursday afternoon, the president's first press conference in a week of rapid-fire developments.

Chaffetz, who has been criticized by committee Democrats for not taking an aggressive investigative stance toward the Trump administration, wrote the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday seeking copies of 'any and all documentation the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey kept of his communications with President Donald Trump'.

A day earlier, the Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that Trump had shared highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding an Islamic State group terror threat.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has its own investigation of alleged Russian election interference, also wants Comey to appear in closed and open session.

If Trump does have taped conversations with Comey, they may well end up as part of an investigation into whether he fired Comey because he wouldn't end the Russia-related investigations.

A Republican lawmaker suggested on Wednesday that allegations against US President Donald Trump may be grounds for impeachment. That's when, Comey later wrote, the president had asked him to ease off Flynn. Not long after Comey put that exchange with Trump in writing and after the FBI director told lawmakers the investigation of Russian interference and possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was active, Comey was sacked. He's had unprecedented obstruction from the Democrats and the media.

Trump's plea on Flynn's behalf - perhaps it was prompted by the belief that his aide was a "good guy", perhaps by fear about what goods that good guy might have on him - is the mirror image of his debate pronouncement that "if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation".

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", said the statement.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism.

He and other Democrats said Comey must testify before lawmakers about his conversations with the president. "At worst, he has obstructed justice". They're also asking whether Comey memorialized any other conversations during the Obama presidency or whether he only made a decision to take notes about Trump. A president who believes that reporters should be criminalized for holding government to account is a president who brazenly disregards the bedrock principles of the First Amendment.

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