White House offers muted response on Comey memo

Senate Judiciary Wants Comey Memos

Senate Judiciary Wants Comey Memos

"The president implied in a tweet last week that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Comey".

That wide net would capture in particular memos reportedly alleging the President asked Comey to back off his investigation of former national security advisor General Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russian officials and instead suggested he consider imprisoning journalists publishing leaks of classified information.

During a graduation speech at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, Trump complained about media coverage, though he did not address the specific report or mention Comey by name. The contents of the memo have subsequently been confirmed by other news organizations, including Bloomberg, although the memo itself has not yet surfaced publicly.

That was two days after Rosenstein named Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

On Friday, Trump leaves on an ambitious five-stop trip through the Middle Eeast and Europe that many advisers see as an opportunity to reset after weeks of negative headlines.

Amash is a member of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who has already has called for an independent commission to investigate.

Flynn was forced to resign one day before the conversation between Comey and Trump, after it was revealed that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about connections he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump "has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", according to the statement. Comey, he said, was "a showboat" and a "grandstander". Comey wrote the memo documenting the conversation with Trump because he was uneasy about the president's request, even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation director didn't consider it a direct threat, said the person who received a copy. Trump said to Comey that Flynn was a good guy, to which Comey agreed, the person said. Dianne Feinstein of California sent the letter to the Justice Department and the White House on Wednesday. "The White House has put out a statement very clearly with our account", he said.

Republicans and Democrats alike have praised Mr Mueller as someone widely respected for his integrity and independence.

Putin mocked the idea that Trump went off-script to share secrets with the Russians, saying he could issue a "reprimand" to Lavrov since the minister hadn't passed on the information. A simple majority is required in the House to impeach a president, which would lead to a trial by the Senate and possible removal from office.

As the controversy swirled in Washington, Trump had defiant words during a speech to US Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT, complaining about media coverage and saying no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly".

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan insisted the Republican legislative agenda was not becoming paralysed.

"I think we're at the position now where it's time for an independent commission or a special prosecutor or whatever", Kinzinger told CNN Wednesday, adding that it was the first time he had made such a call.

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