Would Trump request to end Flynn probe have broken law?
May 18, 2017, 00:34
Sen. Angus King told CNN Tuesday that if President Trump did ask former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of the president's former security adviser, it could constitute obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.
Mr Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor who led the Justice Department's Enron task force and now teaches criminal law at Duke University, was initially sceptical about whether the mere firing of Mr Comey could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr Trump had an improper mental state.
The New York Timessaid that during the Oval Office meeting, Trump condemned a series of government leaks to the news media and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation director should consider prosecuting reporters for publishing classified information.
"I hope you can let this go", he said, according to the memo.
'He is a good guy. "I think it requires somebody like me, a Republican, to call Comey before the Judiciary Committee to let him explain that conversation".
- Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Twitter.
Leftist politicians are hurling obstruction-of-justice claims around and even talking about impeachment only four months into Trump's presidency.
The White House denied the version of events in the memo, saying, "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".
"If these reports are true, the president's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy".
North Korea on "Maximum Alert"
Despite these warnings from the U.S., North Korean officials have not shown any signs of stepping back from their nuclear tests. Officials and experts, however, claimed that no nation has mastered the necessary technology to follow through with the threat.
Tunnel with nuclear waste collapses in Washington state
Hanford, which is roughly half the size of Rhode Island, spent decades making plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. Its last reactor closed down in 1987 but millions of gallons of leftover waste are contained in tanks at the site.
A source said the encounter between Comey and Trump unfolded after the then FBI Director was in the Oval Office briefing Trump along with Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Bullion advanced for a fifth straight day as investors cut back on risk, with President Donald Trump's administration embroiled in controversy after controversy and the dollar sinking to the lowest since November.
But the president took to Twitter to insist he had the "absolute right" to share "facts pertaining.to terrorism and airline flight safety" with Russian Federation. "I think right now the focus should be on getting the evidence and getting a special prosecutor appointed".
"Our nation is being tested in unprecedented ways. I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate, history is watching", said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer.
And veteran Republican Senator John McCain called the allegations about the Trump-Lavrov meeting "deeply disturbing".
Indeed, as president he did have the legal authority to declassify and share the information at will. The associates revealed the information to The Post on condition of anonymity.
Trump later tweeted that because he is so active, "it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at [a] podium with ideal accuracy" and represent the White House's line of thinking, appearing to discredit his press office and administration officials.
Both American presidents who were subjected to impeachment proceedings in the last century - Mr Bill Clinton in 1998 and Mr Richard Nixon in 1974 - were accused of obstruction of justice.
Article II of the Constitution provides for removal of the President from office "on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors". Although Pelosi's name was invoked four times at various levels of ridicule and blame, neither the speaker, Handel, nor NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers mentioned President Trump's name even once. "He wasn't briefed on the source or method of the information either". There was some talk over the weekend of Trump himself wanting to clear house, but that's not what I'm talking about. Comey created several memos of encounters with Trump to ensure that a record would exist of conversations he found odd or troubling, according to the person.
Media reports of the Comey memo prompted members of Congress to renew calls for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russian Federation and for Comey to testify before Congress.
In the ballot, nine out of ten voiced support for action short of a strike, while nearly four out of five backed strikes. The RCN has warned that low pay is partly responsible for tens of thousands of unfilled posts.
So it is through imagination that one must picture the late-night presser and the sheer weirdness of the entire event unfolding. I want to say this is a new low for Spicer, but...he's just had so many blunders that I don't know if that's even true.
Justin Verlander, who gave up nine runs to the Indians on April 15, held them to two in seven innings the following evening. That puts him on pace to reach 80 innings for the first time since 2009, when he was mostly a starter.
If the key to this series is simply "home cooking", the Wizards better bring their own chefs if they return to Boston . After getting blown out in Game 5, Washington is back to being a 5.5-point favorite in Game 6, via OddsShark .
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One adult and one child were transported by Medevac helicopter, one by Maryland State Police and one by Delaware State Police. The bus ended up hitting an embankment and striking a tree before overturning onto its left side on the roadway.
According to former White House official Dennis Ross, the gap between Israelis and Palestinians "has probably never been greater". And one of Trump's promises - moving the us embassy to Jerusalem - could thwart the peace process.
McCarthy and Baldwin lock lips in SNL return
He initially refuses because he's married, but when Trump reassures him that it's fine because he's famous, they lock lips. Spicer asked Trump - played once again by Alec Baldwin - after tracking him down. "I'm married", Spicer protests weakly.
Thousands demonstrate against new French president Macron
Macron's landslide win over the far-right's Marine Le Pen has been hailed a victory of hope and optimism, over fear and reaction. Le Pen's campaign advisers say the National Front is now the "primary opposition party in the country".
Aeroplan no more? Air Canada to launch own loyalty program
He said the majority of Aeroplan members earn points not through flying but rather shopping while using those affiliated cards. In a statement Air Canada said that "Effective June 30, 2020, Aeroplan will no longer be the loyalty programme for Air Canada".
Philippines, USA Hold Military Drills
Co-director for this year's joint US-Philippines military exercise dubbed " Balikatan 2017", Lt.Gen. Oscar Lactao, said the exercise's priority was chosen based on guidance from Duterte.
Senate confirms Heather Wilson as Trump's Air Force secretary
Navy secretary withdrew his name because of possible conflicts of interest with financial entanglements, as did Trump's first U.S. The Defense Department leadership remains staffed by Obama administration holdovers or civil servants on an acting basis.
US environmental chief to recuse himself from court cases
One scientist on the board said he had never before seen a person not reappointed to the board during a presidential transition. The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly dismissed half the scientists serving on a crucial science review board .
Terps Earn Top Seed in NCAA Tournament
Navy's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 2010 as the Mids hosted Sacred Heart at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Irish and Golden Eagles met earlier this season, with Notre Dame claiming an 11-10 victory at Arlotta Stadium on April 11.
Sore ankle keeps Raptors G Lowry out of starting lineup
NOTES: The Cavaliers went 10-0 to open the playoffs in 2016 and, with their Game 3 win, are 7-0 to open the playoffs this season. Lowry was getting more treatment Saturday, adding that he's not "giving up hope" of being ready to attempt playing in Game 4 .