"There are serious concerns that the president may have improperly tried to obstruct an FBI investigation".
- To the White House and its supporters, the big story in Washington isn't the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.
Reacting to the appointment of a special counsel to probe his campaign's ties with Russia, US President Donald Trump on Thursday said a thorough investigation will prove that no such collusion took place. Not only did he remain loyal to President Trump, he indicated he and the president were still in communication. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president", he said, though adding that members of Congress are "going to follow the facts wherever they may lead". "But the entire thing has been a witch hunt". This week came reports that the president had shared highly classified information with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting, revealed by those with knowledge of the conversation.
House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, told reporters on the heels of a defense acquisition reform hearing Wednesday that he anxious "the political drama" over Comey would suck time and energy away from other congressional priorities. Criticism of the president intensified after it emerged on Monday that he discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador in Washington at a White House meeting last week. There is no doubt that a web of connections exists between Trump, his associates and the Russian government.
The vice president and two spokesmen for the White House said Comey was removed from office on recommendations from Justice Department leaders, who were unhappy with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. But there is evident a propensity for President Trump to view one of the nation's premiere adversaries more favorably than deserved.
The Senate Intelligence Committee's Republican chairman and Democratic vice chairman sent a letter to Comey "seeking his appearance before the [committee] in both open and closed sessions", the panel said in a statement on Wednesday.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the interviews are slated to start when the President returns in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon.
"I think the legislative process is pretty much ground to a halt until you get the Comey episode dealt with", said Sen.
If Republicans pull off victories in upcoming special House elections in Georgia, Montana and SC, they'll likely be even more encouraged to stay the course with Trump. Cummings also said Comey had indicated in the past that if he were to testify before Congress, he would do so based on his own terms.
"A lot of people don't do that", the Maryland Democrat said. In the face of unfairness, "you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight".
Chaffetz, who is the chairman of the oversight committee, on Tuesday requested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over by May 24 "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings" detailing communications between President Trump and Comey.
We believe the issues raised by the Comey memos are so vital that the public should have access to them without delay.
"The memo itself in my mind would bear careful scrutiny to ascertain when it was written and why", said Rep. Trent Franks, a conservative Republican from Arizona, casting doubt on Comey's report.
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