Congress seeks Comey testimony as Russian Federation turmoil engulfs Trump

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On May 2, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted: "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!"

"If there was any obstruction of justice, that would obviously rise to that level", he said.

The fallout from both issues continues to consume Washington, with Democratic members of the House of Representatives saying they would try and force a vote to create an independent commission into the Russian Federation ties.

Amash is typically a stickler for Congress following what's known as regular order, with hearings and amendment procedures being followed.

Collins, along with Maine's other senator, independent Angus King, sits on the senate intelligence committee, which is conducting its own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and contacts and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations past year with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador in Washington, DC.

In fact, Congressman El Green from Texas on Wednesday became the first United States lawmaker to demand impeachment of Trump from the House floor.

The New York Times said in a separate article that the alleged action by Trump could, in theory, amount to obstruction of justice - an impeachable offence.

The man tasked with investigating possible meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election - a probe that will likely encompass President Trump's recent firing of FBI Director James Comey - once called Comey "one of the finest people I've ever met". Ryan also insisted the Trump controversies were not paralysing Republican legislative efforts in Congress.

Even without an immediate subpoena, Cummings said he was "encouraged that the chairman sent a letter last night asking for the Comey memos". Then, Comey would need to testify, as the Senate Intelligence Committee has just invited him to do. "While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday was the first to seek documents related to the stories alleging Trump tried to influence Comey.

Mueller was credited with transforming the FBI, putting more resources into counter-terrorism investigations and improving its cooperation with other USA government agencies.

Defenders of Trump have been signaling they may attempt to turn the spotlight back on Comey, asking why the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director didn't blow the whistle or quit after the February conversation with Trump.

Israeli intelligence experts are gravely concerned that U.S. President Donald Trump's sharing of classified information with Russian Federation may have compromised an Israeli agent, but don't expect any long-term consequences for intelligence cooperation.

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", Mr Trump claimed, adding that he thought his firing would be a "bipartisan decision".

Chaffetz and Cummings appeared together in April to announce that they believed Flynn likely broke a federal law by failing to obtain USA government approval to accept foreign payments and failing to disclose them afterward.

But Colorado U.S. Sen.

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