In a conference call with Iowa reporters on Wednesday, Grassley said he plans to exercise the committee's oversight responsibilities. They could threaten to do plenty of other damage to him without playing the impeachment card, whether it's insisting on making his income tax returns public or (finally!) forming a select committee to look into the Trump-Russia scandal. Comey later writes a memo saying Trump asked him to shut down the FBI investigation into Flynn and his Russian Federation ties. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts". What's needed is for patriotic-minded Republicans to impose on him a professional chief of staff - a Rob Portman, or Mitch Daniels - and to get rid of the amateur hour hangers-on, beginning with Trump's own family members.
In his written statement, Ryan says the House investigation will continue. And citing a Washington Post story about Trump revealing classified information to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office a day after firing Comey, Risch said it had been disclosed by "a weasel. a traitor".
Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-Va.) struck a bipartisan tone on Wednesday in their request for "any notes or memorandum" regarding communication between Comey and White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election.
US President Donald Trump had asked sacked FBI director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between his former national security adviser Mike Flynn and Russian Federation, according to a media report.
He's been relying on the likes of national security adviser General HR McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and embattled press secretary Sean Spicer to do the talking. "I have made no such determination", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement on Wednesday. Mueller is resigning from his law firm in order to avoid any conflicts of interest with firm clients or attorneys.
And in case the cadets wondered if this was really advice for them - or simply a coded defense of himself - the president then made his intentions clear.
The appointment came amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.
In a period of seven days this month, President Donald Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was accused of sharing top-secret intelligence data with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador to the United States, the latter a known Russian spy. The Times noted that the conversations prove that Trump's team knew about the investigation earlier than previously said.
It's a striking position for McClintock, of Elk Grove, given that he represents a solidly red congressional district where Trump trounced Democrat Hillary Clinton by 15 percentage points in the November presidential election.
Even as he pledged to "speak with Muslim leaders and challenge them to fight hatred and extremism", he threw in three words that some in his administration are trying to get him to stop saying: "radical Islamic terrorism".
At first his subordinates gave a justification for it that was completely unrelated with interfering with an ongoing proceeding, but then in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News, Trump basically said that they had all been lying and that the reason he did it was to wind up the Russian Federation investigation because he thought the Russian Federation investigation was a big fake.
"I determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", he said. "The President must be impeached". In his comments to reporters on Monday, Senator Bob Corker, a Republican close to some in the White House, was more explicit. For many of these lawmakers, the potential for a conservative primary opponent is greater than any threat from a Democrat.
The nonchalance coming from those Republicans and others is notable at a moment when the White House appears immersed in the most serious crisis of Trump's young presidency. Sen. The letter to acting FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe gave the FBI one week to produce the records.
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