While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky

While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky

While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky

Carlos Curbelo spoke out even before he did, pointing out on Tuesday night that "obstruction of justice - in the case of Nixon, in the case of Clinton in the late 90s - has been considered an impeachable offense".

The New York Times first reported Tuesday that Comey's own record of a February 14 meeting with Trump, showed that Trump requested Comey kill his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The candidates range from former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman to the current acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. "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. "But the comment or conduct itself has brought disgrace upon the White House, and therefore we think [the president] should be impeached for that'". White House officials, primarily chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy aide John Ehrlichman and counsel John Dean, wanted to limit the exposure of the White House to the burglary.

Take a step back from the whack-a-mole and unending barrage of scandals and missteps that have beset Trump's young presidency, however, and the idea of impeachment, despite growing calls from Democrats (CNN's KFile has counted 18 Democrats using the "I" word), seems a long, long way off. "We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time", Connecticut Sen. Bob Corker, the respected Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded to the revelation by describing the administration as in a "downward spiral".

While Comey himself has remained silent on the issue and recently declined to testify before Congress, a "personal friend" of Comey recently added even more intrigue to the story with a series of mysterious tweets.

Late Wednesday, the Justice Department tapped former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be a special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, the department announced. "We're not considering whose ox will be gored by this action or that action, whose fortunes will be helped by this or that - we just don't care and we can't care". Testifying before Congress is familiar to Comey, a former Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration. The memo has yet to be validated or produced to the public.

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The day after that Times report was published, Trump seemingly threatened Comey on Twitter, saying Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press". That began to change after Trump fired Comey and continued this week.

In a separate letter, Rosenstein argued that it was his transgressions over the Clinton email investigation that were the cause of his dismissal, while laying out the reasons for Comey's firing. Russian Federation has now said they can provide transcripts of that meeting. Soon after the firing, a Comey associate told the AP that Comey recounted being asked by Trump at a January dinner if he would pledge his loyalty. He did the same after a series of conversations with Dean later that month in which the White House counsel asked Walters if the Central Intelligence Agency could pay for the bail or the salaries of the Watergate burglars.

Adding to their dismay, Trump fired Comey last week, citing the Russian Federation investigation as his primary motivation.

President Trump is conducting interviews Wednesday for four potential replacements for Federal Bureau of Investigation director following his surprise firing of James Comey earlier this month, the White House announced.

The Russia investigation is technically separate from the investigation into Flynn, although the two are related.

Around the time of Flynn's call with McGahn, the FBI began investigating Flynn on a separate matter: phone conversations he had in late December with Sergey I. Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States.

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