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White House fights reports over Trump asking Comey to end Flynn probe

19 May 2017

But the fate of its investigation hinges on Ryan's lukewarm support and the sometimes fractious working relationship between its Republican and Democratic leaders.

US President Donald Trump has again rattled global stock markets, this time over some serious charges against him over his alleged misuse of power to force a former FBI chief to let go Michael T Flynn, a retired United States Army lieutenant-general, in an investigation over the latter's Russian ties.

"What I would suggest is that there needs to be a full investigation first", Rep. Joseph Crowley, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, told reporters Wednesday. The existence of the memo was first reported on Tuesday by The New York Times.

We need to get the facts out in the open.

He sought the documents by May 24, when the public hearing with Comey would be held. I have my subpoena pen ready'.

The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee a probe of Russian meddling in 2016 election. Sen.

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"Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted", Chaffetz tweeted. And that, they said, could lead down a road that ends with the president's ouster - but that the facts aren't in yet. However, a former US government official told Fox News, "That's not how it works".

Since Trump's inauguration, Chaffetz has pursued an inquiry into Flynn, saying in April that Flynn did not comply with laws concerning the receipt of money from foreign governments. (In a moment of horrid optics, this meeting, closed to the US press, came soon after the firing). Chaffetz has said he will not run for re-election and there is uncertainty whether he will finish his term, leading to questions about how effective he will remain as chairman.

Rosenstein objected to Comey's conduct in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private server emails.

Following the memo's release, some congressional Republicans criticized Comey for not reporting the conversation with Trump to his superiors at the Justice Department.

So what about criminal charges? "Why is he not doing the same here?" he asked.

"Speaker Ryan has shown he has zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

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Flynn was forced to resign February 13, the day before the conversation between Trump and Comey depicted in the memo.

"There's clearly a lot of politics being played", Ryan said.

The letter from the senators to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, seeks "all White House records memorializing interactions with Mr. Comey relating to the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, or memoranda". The letter to acting FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe gave the FBI one week to produce the records.

For example, Trump's conversation with Comey, along with the fact that he fired Comey just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation director asked for more resources for his Russian Federation probe, could look bad for Trump, O'Sullivan said.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Gen. 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 Gen. Flynn", the White House said in a written statement. They're also asking whether Comey memorialized any other conversations during the Obama presidency or whether he only made a decision to take notes about Trump.

"The party composition of Congress is" important", Gerhardt said.

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The person who described the Comey memo was not authorised to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

White House fights reports over Trump asking Comey to end Flynn probe