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Congressman Green Calls for Trump Impeachment on House Floor

19 May 2017

Comey has also been asked to testify publicly after rejecting an invitation to brief lawmakers behind closed doors about his firing.

The requests came in letters to acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe and White House Counsel Donald McGahn. Not surprising, within minutes of the New York Times report, the response was a chorus of breathless "gotcha" announcements. Since his departure, the documents are now the property of the federal government, not Mr Comey's personal communications. Some commentators seem to be alleging criminal conduct in office or calling for impeachment before Trump completed the words of his inaugural oath of office.

Russia has repeatedly said that Trump's opponents are trying to damage him and Moscow by making what it says are false accusations about the billionaire president and the Russian government which initially had high hopes of a rapprochement.

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.

An even bigger Trump critic, Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, has been a staple on local TV news in English and Spanish for the past two days, as evidenced by her own Twitter feed.

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McCain also reflected on the major headlines that have come out of the Trump White House almost every day for more than a week. Trump's decision to fire Comey took Washington by surprise and sparked a series of political headaches for the White House.

Officials have told Reuters Trump's alleged disclosure of classified information to Russia's foreign minister is unlikely to stop allies who share intelligence with Washington from cooperating.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he's ready to turn over transcripts of President Trump's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as he mocked the news media furor in the US over alleged intelligence sharing.

"I read passages, I read areas, I'll read chapters - I don't have the time", Trump told Megyn Kelly in a May 2016 interview.

"This is code-word information", one United States official told the newspaper, a reference to one of the highest classification levels used by the American intelligence agencies, adding that Mr Trump had revealed more to Russian Federation than the U.S. does to some allies. "The public has a right to know if that's true", said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project.

Mr McMaster said he was in the room and "it didn't happen".

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President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that those who are found guilty in a coal mine incident should face trial. A video released by the Fars news agency showed one worker on the roof of the auto and another kicking the hood.

However, the Washington Post report did not include any information about "sources and methods", causing some to speculate why Mr McMaster would deny something that was not reported.

National Security Council officials are prepping single-page memos with maps, charts, graphs and photos to help Trump learn his stuff with his notoriously short attention span.

In fact, Mr McMaster said the president made the decision to share the information "in the context of the conversation".

The bombshell Comey news came as the beleaguered administration was still struggling mightily to explain Monday's revelation that the president had disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and the country's ambassador to the United States.

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Temer was Rousseff's former vice president and has been serving as interim President since her suspension in May 2016. In his speech, Mr Temer categorically denied the allegation and insisted he will stay in his job.