Trump knew Flynn was under investigation weeks before inauguration
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 12:26
During a graduation speech at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, Trump complained about media coverage, though he did not address the specific report or mention Comey by name.
The tumult in Washington deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation. Cummings also said Comey had indicated in the past that if he were to testify before Congress, he would do so based on his own terms. "I don't know the facts", he said. Another administration official said the White House is trying a new lower-profile approach.
The appointment came amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the president told Comey, according to the memo. His contacts with Mr Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn had ultimately led Mr Flynn to resign.
Polis isn't the only one calling for an independent investigation. He may not have had a "read" on Sessions's integrity yet, or at least not enough of one to make him comfortable with disclosing what Trump had said to him.
"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 official said in a statement.
"This daily dose of controversy, of scandal, of instability, is bad for the government and I think it's also very taxing on the American people", he said. The Flynn investigation was part of a broader probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
Flynn, who was sacked from his position as national security adviser, told U.S. President Donald Trump 's transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation, the New York Times reported late Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the case. Framing political crises as law enforcement matters "has the effect at the end of the day of leaving people with less respect for the legal process than before".
Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the Justice Department name a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian Federation matter. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey". Criticism of the president intensified after it emerged on Monday that he discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador in Washington at a White House meeting last week. Now it's February and suddenly he has to derail the Trump presidency by running to the DOJ to report something Trump had said to him that may or may not have amounted to a crime?
Chairman Jason Chaffetz is all set to schedule a hearing inviting former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly before his committee - if the Utah Republican can just find his phone number.
Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Denver) and Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) also reiterated their calls for someone outside of Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House to take the lead. And then, there's the question of recent demands by ranking Democrats on the House oversight, judiciary and intelligence committees for any possible White House recordings, transcripts or notes memorializing Trump's side of the story. Ryan backed Chaffetz's request.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".