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Changing strategy, the White House goes mum on Comey memo

18 May 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan declared Wednesday that he retains confidence in President Donald Trump and cautioned against "rushing to judgment" over the cascading revelations coming out of the White House. "No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", Trump said.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister, Putin said on Wednesday Moscow initially found debates about Russia's meddling in US politics as "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".

Amash also has clashed with Trump on other White House agenda items, including health care.

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 USA intelligence agencies.

"After we hear from director Comey, we need to hear from the president as well, so we can decide who's telling the truth and who isn't", said Kaine.

But Colorado U.S. Sen.

According to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey, U.S. President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation.

A report by the Boston Globe discusses the potential scandal that is developing against President Trump in regards to the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn's relationship with high-level officials in Russian Federation.

Rocked by days of damaging developments, President Donald Trump's White House is looking ahead to the president's upcoming foreign trip - and trying to get his plane in the air with as little additional turbulence as possible.

On Tuesday evening, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to McCabe requesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation provide "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President" by May 24.

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But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said, "If Mr. Comey was alleging the president did something inappropriate, it's an open invitation to come to the Judiciary Committee and tell us about it". Yates was sacked soon after because, the White House said, she refused to defend the president's travel ban in court. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey called the Comey episode "disturbingly reminiscent" of Nixon's so-called Saturday Night Massacre ... while Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal told the New York Times, "Not since Watergate have our legal systems been so threatened and our faith in the independence and integrity of those systems so shaken".

Both allegations came from anonymous sources, and the White House was quick to denounce the leaks and deny any impropriety, insisting the president never tried to squelch the Flynn investigation nor did he make inappropriate disclosures to the Russians.

This isn't Amash's first foray into one of Trump's controversies.

Democrats and a number of Republicans said they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

But the White House has provided differing accounts.

The Times report may present the clearest evidence yet that the president has tried to influence government investigations into links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president shortly after it took place, according to the Times, which cited two people who read the memo.

Trump's alleged request to Comey about the Flynn investigation came the day after Flynn was forced to resign after misleading the administration about his contact with Russian officials.

Trump himself hasn't directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.