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Trump's White House 'surrounded by chaos'

20 May 2017, 12:04 | Marion Schneider

House Speaker Paul Ryan insisted on Thursday that Congress will overhaul the USA tax system this year despite the chaos consuming Washington and the political divisions in Congress.

As the controversy swirled, Trump said in a speech to US Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT he did not get elected "to serve the Washington media or special interests".

Burr and Warner's second request asks Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to deliver any notes or memos drawn up by Comey "regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to investigations into Russia's efforts." to sway the US elections in Trump's favor.

An associate of Comey's who is familiar with the matter confirms that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director memorialized the conversation with Trump in a memo he wrote immediately after their Oval Office conversation on February 14.

The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials.

Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript.

"I can assure that the president's objective and my objective is that we create a middle-income tax cut and that we do not raise taxes on the middle income, if anything, the opposite, we are trying to create a middle-income tax cut", Mnuchin said.

Speaker Paul Ryan signaled the changed mood earlier in the day not by what he said but by what he didn't.

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Mr Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

Chaffetz made the announcement a day after tweeting that he had invited ex-FBI Director James Comey to testify next week at a hearing of the oversight committee he chairs.

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However if the allegations are true, Democrats have said that Mr Trump could be guilty of obstruction of justice. Two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote in favor of conviction for Trump to be removed from office - a pretty high bar, given that it's hard for either party to get even the 60 votes needed to overcome a legislative filibuster these days.

"I don't know why people are getting spun up about obstruction here", Luskin said.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams". We worked together when I was at the NSA. Adversity makes you stronger.

The White House on Tuesday pushed back against a new wave of media allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump might have tried to obstruct justice by asking then FBI Director James Comey to end a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. That was before the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate allegations that Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the president told Comey, according to the memo.

Warner would not say if Comey had accepted the committee's invitation - sent Wednesday - but said he was confident Comey will appear.

As part of his "America First" policy, Trump said during last year's campaign that he was only interested in engaging internationally when the United States stood to gain. The White House denied what was first reported by The New York Times.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General 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 General Flynn", a White House statement said.

Although Mr Trump did not break any laws, it could be argued that he violated his oath of office if he shared information through carelessness or neglect.

Some of these Republicans say the Russian Federation issues are barely registering with their voters, who have grown accustomed to tuning out the media uproar of the day surrounding Trump.



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