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Trump says appointment of special counsel 'hurts our country terribly'

19 May 2017, 11:18 | Marion Schneider

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. with Rep. Cathy Mc Morris Rodgers R-Wash. and the GOP leadership takes questions from reporters at Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington Wednesday

Republicans emphasize that the sprawling FBI and congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the election have yet to produce any hard evidence.

"On its face, this is a textbook prima facie case of an attempt to obstruct justice", concluded Sen.

"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.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has demanded memos, recordings and other materials that Comey may have prepared, with a deadline of next week. "We need to get those notes, if they exist, that Director Comey took of this conversation", Schiff told ABC on Wednesday.

Republican congressman Justin Amash told The Hill that if reports were true about Mr Trump's pressure on Mr Comey, it would merit impeachment.

And on Tuesday, with that latest report fanning the flames on the growing fallout from Trump's decision to terminate Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced he was appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen.

As for Comey, whom Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo. Asked if he trusted Comey or Trump, Amash replied: "I think it's pretty clear I have confidence in Director Comey".

If President Donald Trump was hoping to head out on his first big foreign trip with turmoil calmed at home, he's going to have a disappointing Air Force One departure today.

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It would be significant if more Republicans began to talk about impeaching the president, as the party holds a majority in both chambers of Congress.

Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has now been appointed as special counsel to oversee the inquiry into links between Mr Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday was the first to seek documents related to the stories alleging Trump tried to influence Comey.

"No. No. Next question", Trump responded curtly to a reporter during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday afternoon.

"The country would have to have come to the point where they think the president's conduct is so disqualifying he can be removed from office", Schiff told ABC.

Comey was abruptly fired by Trump at a time when he was leading an investigation into whether the latter's election campaign had links with Russian Federation during the USA presidential polls a year ago.

Also on Tuesday, a new poll shows almost half of US voters (48 percent) said they would support Trump's impeachment, while only 41 percent would oppose such charges.

As the maelstrom raged around the staff, reports swirled inside the White House that the President was about to embark on a major shake-up, probably starting with the dismissal or reassignment of Sean Spicer, the press secretary. "He was concerned", said the associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.



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