Ryan says no rush to judgment on Comey firing
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 4:52
Tuesday's episode centered around allegations in a memo that U.S. President Donald Trump had asked former FBI director James Comey to close his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over Russian Federation links.
"A negative opening call comes after risk appetite was dealt a blow overnight by claims that US President Trump may have tried to coerce ex-FBI Director Comey into dropping the probe into Gen. Flynn", Mike van Dulken of Accendo Markets writes in his morning email to clients. According to Putin, this latest accusation against Trump is "political schizophrenia".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a former FBI director as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian efforts to influence the presidential election, agreeing to Democrats' demands to elevate the probe and put it outside President Trump's political chain of command.
"Those are the things that I got elected to do", Ryan added. "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who named Mueller to lead the probe, briefed U.S. senators on Thursday. Trump wrote, his anger boiling over.
He did not offer any evidence of such acts in his reference to former Democratic president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"The American people deserve to know the truth", she said. Two days later, however, Trump contradicted the DOJ by saying that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind when in Comey's sacking.
Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the U.S. election.
Trump fired Flynn on Feb 14 for misleading Vice-President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations a year ago with Russia's ambassador.
Speaking at a Coast Guard graduating ceremony in Connecticut, President Trump took a swipe at the media.
USA stocks recovered ground yesterday as upbeat economic data emboldened investors to return to the market, a day after Wall Street saw the biggest selloff in eight months on worries the political turmoil could undermine Trump initiatives such as tax cuts that investors see as favoring economic growth.
"I'm going leave it to the President to talk about and defend his tweets", Ryan said, stressing that he wanted to work on other issues, like health care and tax reform. One of the attendees, speaking on condition of anonymity, described Rosenstein as anxious and nervous and said he drank multiple glasses of water "and spilled one". "Any legal scholar out there is going to tell you that's clearly not an obstruction of justice", he said.
Trump is preparing to leave town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions.
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.
Leaving their meeting Wednesday, a number of conservative House Republicans said they and their constituents remained firmly supportive of the president, and they questioned why there are so many leaks coming out that are hurtful to Trump.
He said he's sure Congress will hear from Comey, though he said it's up to the committees to decide whether he should testify.
The paper reported the Trump shared with the Russians classified information about an Islamic State plot involving the use of laptops on commercial airplanes. It cited two people briefed on the call.
During the meeting, the president asked him to drop the FBI investigation, Comey's memo said. Trump told the Russians details of the plot that the USA had received from a partner country.