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Trump mired in more controversy over Comey scandal

20 Mai 2017

Trump's Monday tweet threatening former acting Attorney General Sally Yaters and Trump's Friday tweet threatening former FBI Director James Comey were both seen as possible criminal violations of witness tampering.

It's bad enough for press freedom that Trump is so determined to go after whistleblowers and sources within his administration who are attempting to get the truth to the American public. "We can't deal with speculation and innuendo".

President Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone on Thursday after days of political tumult, denied colluding with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign or asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser.

The statement also said the panel had asked Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director, to send any notes or other memos prepared by Comey about communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials in relation to the investigation into Russian Federation and the 2016 election.

The document "was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation".

Asked earlier in the brief session with reporters about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to take over the FBI's investigation, Trump replied: "I respect the decision".

But the meeting, which was requested last week after Comey's surprise firing, did not provide senators much new information, largely because of concerns Rosenstein had about disclosing anything that could impact the ongoing federal investigation. It immediately escalated the legal stakes - and the potential political damage - for a president who has tried to dismiss the matter as partisan witch hunt and a "hoax". John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday night. Graham stressed the fact he did not believe a special prosecutor was needed in a counter-intelligence investigation.

Trump did not speak about Comey at a U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement in CT on Wednesday, but he struck a defiant tone, telling graduates that no other politician has been treated more unfairly by the media.

TV networks also can not seem to find any Republicans willing to defend Trump to book on their shows. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Comey", said a White House official. Trump himself may have to answer questions. That is what Congress does in conducting oversight of the executive branch. Democrats and some of the president's fellow Republicans had demanded an independent probe of whether Russian Federation tried to sway the outcome of November's election in favor of Trump and against Democrat Hillary Clinton. King says, "I'm anxious with all special counsels because there's no control over them and they can abuse their power".

Ryan then pivoted to say that the Republican majorities in Congress were elected to "solve people's problems". "He can not take the place of a truly independent, outside commission that is completely free from the Trump administration's meddling". "And I think it's a very, very negative thing".

As he left his press briefing, the speaker was asked if he still has full confidence in Trump, and he replied, "I do".

Trump mired in more controversy over Comey scandal