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Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit

18 May 2017

"I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice", the president said at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony in CT.

"Adversity makes you stronger", Trump said.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said Wednesday that if Trump did indeed ask former FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, then that would constitute grounds for impeachment, according tothe Hill's Cristina Marcos. If so, what's been said?

"Trump's new soap opera story", isn't a main driver for the dollar, Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group, wrote in a report that was published before the Comey news broke. I wasn't aware of these memoranda until I read that article. "But we need much more than that".

The news that Trump might have leaked classified information to the Russian government, as the Washington Post reported Monday, was perhaps the first time in his scandal-soaked presidency that Republicans on the Hill did not immediately rise to Trump's defense. Rand Paul and Thomas Massie have regularly dismissed alleged Trump-Russia ties or cooperation as Democrat paranoia (though have not directly addressed the Comey memo), whereas Amash and the liberty-friendly Jones insisted on an investigation.

"The more momentum the allegations and investigation gather, the less confidence investors have in the administration's ability to focus on anything else, such as reviving the economy", said Matt Simpson, a senior analyst at ThinkMarkets.

Meddling in a federal investigation could qualify as impeding a judicial proceeding under the obstruction statute. This is yet again another indication that there's a pattern here. "I think that with Paul, we'll just keep moving forward". "If this memo exists, I need to see it right away", Chaffetz told The Associated Press in a phone interview, adding, "If we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

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Abbas said Palestinians are not cultivating a hatred of Israel as he rejected Trump's position, which is also held by Netanyahu. During lunch with Abbas, Trump raised concerns about Palestinian payments to terrorists and their family members.

In previous months, Republican lawmakers were more likely to defend Trump - even after he and his administration made comments and policy changes that generated intense criticism. Yates was sacked soon after because, the White House said, she refused to defend the president's travel ban in court. After all, the Russians still deny that they were involved in hacking our democratic institutions.

A series of toughly-worded letters from Chaffetz and Cummings uncovered information in March that Flynn was paid more than $33,000 from RT, the Russian television network branded a propaganda outlet by US intelligence agencies. "I guess that's the task no matter who's in the White House and who's in Congress", he said.

If the documents are provided voluntarily, then absolutely.

"If the USA administration finds it necessary, we are ready to provide the record of the conversation between Trump and Lavrov to the Senate and Congress", Putin said in Italy on Wednesday.

It's [moving] at a breathtaking pace and of course everyone is asking quite rightly, "Where does this all lead?"

By contrast, here are some of the actions Trump has undertaken that have not caused most Republican officials to abandon their support, or even offer especially sharp criticism (if any criticism at all): multiple attempts at a Muslim ban, boasts about sexual assault, mocking people with disabilities, attacking a Gold Star family, making baseless claims that Obama wiretapped him, making baseless claims that 3 million people voted illegally, comparing the intelligence community to Nazis, firing the FBI director investigating his campaign, betraying a critical ally by sharing highly classified information with the Russians. That's a very serious business, which of course raises the prospect of whether there was active interference or obstruction of justice.

Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit