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Speaker Ryan says Trump loyalty request inappropriate

08 Juin 2017

With television networks setting aside regular programming to mark the moment Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress on the investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential election will be hard for most Americans to miss.

Comey will tell the panel that in a series of meetings and phone calls, Trump demanded his loyalty and asked him to back off investigating an aide's reported ties to Russian Federation, tactics that Democrats say point to obstruction.

Comey released his opening statement Wednesday, which summarizes his meetings and phone calls with President Donald Trump.

Sherman acknowledged that any vote in the House to impeach Trump would fail - unless further evidence of possible wrongdoing comes to light.

"He's going to continue moving forward with exactly what the people of this country elected him to do".

Fired FBI Director James Comey's gripping written account of his private encounters with Donald Trump since January reads like a movie script, giving Americans a rare fly-on-the-wall view as the president and the FBI director parry like two alpha males warily circling each other. Comey stated that he pivoted away by saying that the FBI was "investigating the matter as quickly as we could", and stressed the importance of a thorough investigation. I told the AG that what had just happened - him being asked to leave while the FBI Director, who reports to the AG, remained behind - was inappropriate and should never happen.

This practice was not one Comey had kept in the past, he says. "During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President-Elect Trump's reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance".

Investors are fearful that the Trump administration may be further damaged by any revelations that could emerge when Comey testifies about Russia's alleged involvement in the USA election.

"Clearly and unequivocally, one of the questions that must be answered for the integrity of this investigation, and therefore the integrity of the House, is whether the president himself had any undue influence in his actions", Capuano said.

The poll was taken before Comey's bombshell testimony was posted online Wednesday afternoon.

"It's seven pages of very fine print and what it describes is a professional law enforcement person, who is Jim Comey, who comes up against a president who knows no limits in terms of a proper relationship", Feinstein said Tuesday of Comey's testimony.

Trump has denied pressuring Comey as well as any collusion with Russian Federation.

The White House has yet to outline specifics of the infrastructure plan, which it hopes to achieve largely through public-private partnerships. All questions on the Comey testimony were referred to the outside counsel, who did not respond to a request for comment.

Vice President Mike Pence has canceled an interview with PBS' "NewsHour". The president's nomination of Christopher Wray to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation and his trip to OH to discuss infrastructure were overshadowed, and White House aides were left grumbling about the coming spectacle of a longtime lawman accusing the commander in chief of actions that some lawyers call obstruction of justice. Comey replied: "You will get that from me".

Mr Comey said he paused and said: "You will get that from me".

Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Thursday. But Trump later said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he fired Comey and would have dismissed him without the Justice Department's input.

"He then said, 'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Trump said of Flynn: "He is a good guy".

You'd have to figure that at some point since taking office some intimate of the president's would have noted his preoccupation with Comey and said: Hey, Boss, this is the kind of crap that lost Richard Nixon the presidency.

I didn't move, speak or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed.

But White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders indicated that Trump won't be backing down from his denial that he had asked Comey to drop the FBI's investigation of Flynn.

Speaker Ryan says Trump loyalty request inappropriate