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Many Democrats also were calling for an independent special counsel, or prosecutor. In those statements, White House officials had denied that Flynn had discussed easing US sanctions against Russia when he spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December.

The newspaper said Comey was in the Oval Office that day with other national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing.

Israel, which was the initial source of the intelligence that Mr Trump provided to Russian Federation, weighed in on its intelligence relationship with the United States without mentioning the controversy directly. So, too, was the president’s tweet threatening to reveal “tapes” of his conversations with Comey.

Israel has tried to limit the damage by talking up its close partnership with Washington. “This is how it has been & how it will continue to be”.

It’s anyone’s guess how long this can go on for before Republicans take action instead of feeding us trite, impotent statements about their feelings while refusing to take any actual action to protect the United States and her people from the madman in the White House.

In January, only days after the inauguration, then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had informed Trump’s White House counsel that Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI as part of an active investigation. And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden sacking was an attempt to stifle the bureau’s investigation into Trump associates’ ties to Russia’s meddling in the campaign. He resigned as he faced impeachment in the house of representatives for exactly, exactly what James Comey’s memo says Donald Trump did, obstruction of justice. Trump had already admitted that he had the Russian Federation investigation on his mind when he fired Comey last week. “I hope you can get him past this, ‘ that’s probably different”. The White House has denied that report.

“For the president to tell the FBI to end a potential criminal investigation, that’s obstruction of justice”, said Erwin Chereminsky, a constitutional law professor and dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Republican Senator John McCain has likened the scandal that is hitting US President Trump to the infamous Watergate scandal. For the good of the country, he should resign before our new national nightmare gets worse.

“At this point I have not seen anything that is that alarming”, said Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama. “Yes”, Amash said simply, when a reporter asked him if the memo was enough to impeach Trump.

“It may work in a business context”.

“Similarly the release of secrets to the Russians – if that’s what it amounts to – is not OK in a political context”.

“If the U.S. 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.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, put it in simple terms. Clinton acknowledged that he had made false statements under oath about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and surrendered his law license in Arkansas.

On Capitol Hill, Comey was clearly the man in demand, with three committees working to seat him at their witness tables.

On Friday, Trump leaves on an ambitious five-stop trip through the Middle Eeast and Europe that many advisers see as an opportunity to reset after weeks of negative headlines.

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