GOP lawmaker says Trump allegations, if true, are grounds for impeachment
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 0:02
Amash tweeted Tuesday night that the allegations in the memo are "incredibly serious" and require Comey to testify in front of the House. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focused only on gathering the facts". "That is what Congress does in conducting oversight of the executive branch", he said.
In remarks to reporters, Ryan, R-Wis., endorsed ongoing investigations by House committees, and declined to call for a special prosecutor or select committee, as Democrats and some fellow Republicans have demanded.
Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the Justice Department name a special prosecutor to investigate potential ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
A spokeswoman for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the Oversight Committee, confirms that their desire to investigate is not limited to the president. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday offered to provide lawmakers with a recording of the meeting to refute the report.
It's an effort he'll continue Wednesday when he, alongside Rep. Kevin Brady, will talk about tax reform, another big agenda item for House Republicans following the their passage of the health care bill earlier this month.
"But we're a long way away from anything like that", Mr. Kasich, a strong critic of the President, said, of impeachment. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as US politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment". The U.S. intelligence has concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election in favour of Mr. Trump. "Well I think the President lost patience and I think people in the Justice Department lost confidence in Director Comey himself", he said.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also sent a letter today demanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over the memo in question, along with any other records documenting Trump's communications with Comey, by next Wednesday. But to bring an obstruction charge, a prosecutor would have to show the president was trying to "corruptly" influence the investigation, and proving an improper intent can be hard.
Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but "it is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".
Such specifics in the memos were reported Tuesday, May 17, 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.
Flynn was forced from his position in February after it was revealed that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The White House has an unusual credibility problem: President Donald Trump's aides deliver questionable st.
Hours later, one of the Republican Party's elder statesmen, Senator John McCain, raised eyebrows by comparing Trump's woes to those of former President Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974.
That last sentence should strike fear into the White House.
This move, coming hot on the heels of reports on Tuesday evening that Comey kept memos detailing his conversations with Trump.
Democrats pointed out that Ryan had called for Democrat Hillary Clinton to be denied classified briefings after Comey concluded previous year that she was careless in how she handled classified information over her email accounts. When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn.
The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials. I have said on previous occasions, and do now say again, the President should be impeached. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.
Asked on Tuesday whether the US was moving toward an impeachment process, King, an independent senator who caucuses with the Democrats, "reluctantly" said yes.
Associated Press writers Vivian Salama and Jill Colvin contributed.