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GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey

18 Mai 2017

In a statement released on Wednesday Buchanan writes, "Mr. Comey should be asked to testify in public so that Congress and the American people can get all the facts and learn the truth".

The Times report may present the clearest evidence yet that the president has tried to influence government investigations into links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

While the Democrats reiterated their call for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the election and the Trump campaign's possible collusion with the Kremlin, Republicans were more guarded in their response.

With the news of the Comey memo, Democrats have increased their talks about impeaching Trump. "The president must be impeached", said Green who is the first member of Congress to officially request leveling charges against the president.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

"In stark terms I explained to him what this would look like some day and what it would mean for the president and the government", Comey wrote in a 2005 e-mail message to his chief of staff, according to the Politico report. "I don't think we know exactly what happened". When Andrew Jackson, Nixon, and Bill Clinton faced impeachment, it was because the opposing party - Republicans in Jackson's and Clinton's cases and Democrats in Nixon's - had the majority in both houses.

Mr Trump has remained uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter in regards to the matter, but vented his frustration during a commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy overnight.

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

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Comey documented each phone call and meeting he had with President Donald Trump in an apparent attempt to create a paper trail of the president's efforts to sway investigators.

It followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired Comey on May 9. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey".

"A lot of times he's the victim of not being a career politician", Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said of Trump.

For now, as Vox reported, it appears that congressional Republicans are waiting for more concrete information before making any decisions.

"But the president still has the power and authority to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation how to do their job", he said.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says he too wants more details, but he also notes that Trump's standing with South Carolina Republicans has "actually grown".

Ryan said one of the questions Congress will have for Comey is: "Why didn't he take action at the time?".

Flynn left his post in February after media reports that he misled the vice president about his contacts with Russian Federation.

That could come either through the appointment of a special prosecutor, or the creation of a congressional commission - two moves the Republican leadership has so far resisted.

GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey