Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

A small but growing number of US President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans called on Wednesday (May 17) for an independent probe of possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, and one even mentioned impeachment, spurred by a memo from the fired FBI chief that Trump tried to impede the agency's investigation.

The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee investigations into potential ties between Trump associates and Russian operatives.

But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply.

President Putin deployed his trademark sarcasm on Wednesday to make clear he thought the accusation that Trump had divulged secrets absurd.

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates questioned the timing and motive for Trump's firing of Comey last week.

"Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media", the US President told cadets graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

President Donald Trump says a thorough investigation will confirm what he says is already known: that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and any foreign entity.

Putin, who still hopes Moscow can fix battered ties with the United States despite a deepening political scandal in the United States related to Trump's purported Russian Federation ties, said Moscow had rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump highly. "We need the facts", Ryan said.

"There are some people out there who want to harm the president", Ryan said during a press briefing. Mr Trump went on to list what he claims to have accomplished during his short time as president, such as job growth, "historic investment in our military", and the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is among those probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, called Putin's offer "quite amusing". "So there are a lot of unanswered questions".

The moves comes a day after it was disclosed that Comey had written a memo detailing how Trump had asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn.

Criminally speaking, obstructing justice applies to a variety of scenarios - like threatening a juror, retaliating against a witness, or impeding a grand jury proceeding - and Trump's alleged request would not fit neatly into any of them, legal experts said.

Even if Mr. Trump does what Richard Nixon did and resign his office, he should still be criminally charged.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday, House and Senate committees issued demands to the White House and the FBI for documents related to communications between the bureau and President Trump, including memos written by former director Comey.

  • Zachary Reyes