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Most Republicans close ranks to defend Trump

19 Mai 2017

The committee is one of several on Capitol Hill investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

"We need to ask questions about why is this intelligence community trying to upend the President of the United States with these leaks?" former House member Dennis Kucinich said on Fox News Tuesday.

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The White House has denied fired FBI Director James Comey's account of a conversation he had with Trump in February, recorded in a memo seen by Comey associates. "Their names have to be put forward, in front of the Senate, let the Democrats play their games, we'll have them in place in a couple of months, maybe a few months", he said. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump reportedly said.

Despite the denial, the latest allegation immediately feeds fresh fuel to the flames that have been grilling the White House since Trump's firing of Comey last week, distracting his agenda while plunging his administration into a fast accumulating credibility crisis.

The news conference was Trump's first since the Department of Justice on Wednesday appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the agency's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Ryan added.

Joining host Carol Marin to help make sense of these questions are two former Assistant U.S. Attorneys: Patrick Cotter, who served the Eastern District of NY; and Renato Marrioti, who served the Northern District of IL.

President Trump's own interviews, tweets and comments to the press are helping investigators determine whether he obstructed justice.

The turmoil surrounding the disclosure of the memo followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired Comey and then discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Mr Putin said it is up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Mr Trump's efforts.

Sen. Angus King, an independent, expressed similar views, telling Politico that Trump's actions, if proved, could expose him to impeachment proceedings.

During the Whitey Bulger saga, we came to hear a lot about "302s", or the reports G-men write about their meetings with informants and other miscreants.

"I don't know why people are getting spun up about obstruction here", Luskin said.

"I mean, I don't want to sound dramatic but there is just so much chaos surrounding the administration in Washington that it can be nearly disorienting at times".

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan insisted that Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, were not seeing their legislative agenda mired, but the controversy enveloped Washington.

The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president, most damagingly the suggestion he may have obstructed justice by asking his Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to drop a probe into one of his former top advisors.

Most Republicans close ranks to defend Trump