Former FBI head appointed to oversee Trump-Russia probe

Candice Alexander
May 20, 2017

On February 13, Flynn resigned from his post, acknowledging that he had provided White House officials with "incomplete information" over a phone call he'd had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

As special counsel, Mueller will have full authorization to direct the Russia investigation, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with Trump's campaign, and any other matters. Now he's being accused of trying to kill an FBI investigation.

"We can't deal with speculation and innuendo, and there's clearly politics being played".

The tumult in Washington deepened on Tuesday over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

"No. No. Next question", Trump told a news conference in the White House, when asked if he "in any way, shape or form" ever urged Comey to end the probe.

Another report by CNN states that the Senate intelligence committee has put in a request to be told what was said during the meeting between Trump and Lavrov.

The Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have also requested similar records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Trump fired Comey on May 9.

Asked on his way out of the news conference whether he still retained confidence in Trump, Ryan replied: "I do". "Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media".

This came after several Trump staff members denied that the president had done any such thing. "Things will work out just fine", he said. Trump has long bristled at the notion that Russian Federation played any role in his November election victory over Clinton.

He said he's sure Congress will hear from Comey, though he said it's up to the committees to decide whether he should testify.

During the meeting, the president asked him to drop the FBI investigation, Comey's memo said. Ryan backed Chaffetz's request. Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the Justice Department name a special prosecutor to investigate potential ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump complained in a commencement address that "no politician in history" has been treated worse by his foes, even as exasperated fellow Republicans slowly joined the clamor for an significant investigation into whether he tried to quash the FBI's probe.

Ryan declined to wade into whether Trump obstructed justice - a crime under United States law.

Asked by reporters whether he thought the allegations against Trump were grounds for impeachment, Republican Representative Justin Amash said, "If the allegations are true, yes".

Republicans, frustrated by the president's relentless parade of problems, largely sought to cool the heated climate with assurances they would get to the bottom of scandals. 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.

"I had been a prosecutor before, so I anticipated spending time on public corruption cases and narcotics cases and bank robberies and the like, and September 11 changed all of that", he told NPR in 2013 as he was stepping down.

"This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Leaders from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence invited Mr. Comey and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to testify again, both publicly and behind closed doors.

In his most risky and irresponsible act so far, Trump shared highly classified information with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to the US, who visited the White House last week.

Reuters reported yesterday that Flynn and other Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the presidential race. His comments also were stricken from an internal memo and a transcript of the meeting was shared with only a small group of people. Ryan stuck to that line and told reporters on Wednesday he still has confidence in Trump. "Our job is to get the facts and to be sober about doing that". "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president". "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House and that means before rushing to judgment we get all the pertinent information".

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know: There was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity", he said. "So there are a lot of unanswered questions".

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