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".
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.
Facebook nears two billion monthly users
Currently, a handful of companies, from Amazon and Yahoo, to the globally popular Netflix - have dabbled in TV. The producer is required to "develop, script, produce and edit sharable motion picture content".
India confirm Champions Trophy involvement
He is believed to be peeved over the women's team selection meeting being convened without his knowledge by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. It's an agreement between the ICC and a member country that governs participation in ICC events.
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.
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In Washington, Tillerson made no comment on the Comey firing or on the substantive issues he would discuss with Lavrov. The diplomats met Wednesday in Washington - and there's a new Russian-led agreement to create safe zones in Syria.
At the moment, I don't have aby obligations towards McLaren , I'm happy with the team, but we're not winning. The drip turned into a gushing pour of yellowish liquid when a crane lifted the McLaren away from the track.
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.
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.
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".
At the time, investigators were looking into a separate string of shootings that targeted drivers on Phoenix-area freeways. Lydia Lopez, the mother of Jesse Olivas , said she suspected her son's death was connected to the Serial Street Shooter .
The meat of Popovich's argument was that Pachulia's closeout on Kawhi Leonard was "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike" . His rant, while undoubtedly coming from a place of extreme frustration, also comes with an additional benefit.
United States officials said the missile hit the water around 60 miles (around 100 kilometers) from eastern Russia's Vladivostok. The Korean Central News Agency has called North Korea's new missile a "ground to ground medium to long-range ballistic missile".
Macron was literally introduced into politics by Hollande, who chose him as his economy adviser during his 2012 winning campaign. A representative of Republic On the Move said Wednesday that Valls had "not yet" fulfilled the criteria to be a candidate.
Kendall's beau A$AP Rocky has LA mansion burglarized
Interestingly enough, Kendall's Los Angeles home was also burglarized in March , with robbers taking $200,000 worth of items. At 11:30 PM on Tuesday three male suspects knocked on the door to his L. home, police officials told the site.
Nurses in Wales to join 'summer of protest activity'
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.
Widely scattered showers, storms possible Thursday morning
Storm Prediction Center climatology from 1980 to 2006 shows our historical "peak" of the severe weather season comes on May 4th. A Tornado Watch has expired for the western South Plains, replaced by a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 7 a.m.
Champions League: Carefree Monaco worry Allegri
Obviously they are more mature than we are but fundamentally we lost because we didn't make the most of our chances. In the first leg, Mbappe failed to find the net for the first time after having started a game in the competition.
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.
Hertz skids after reporting wider loss than anticipated
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N. Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill
All that was publicly scheduled for the day were gatherings for mass dancing, a common celebration on major North Korean holidays. President Donald Trump has said the U.S. was sending an "armada" to the Korean peninsula, including submarines.
Russia: Syria deal bans US-led coalition aircraft
But the Pentagon said the de-escalation agreement will not affect the US -led air campaign against the Islamic State group. Iran, Russia and Turkey have agreed on a plan to create safe zones in Syria with the aim of alleviating civilian hardship.
OnePlus 5 will arrive this summer
The post also notes that OnePlus 5's dual-camera setup will be placed on the top left corner just as in Xiaomi's Mi 6. Display: On the display front, OnePlus 5 will sport a 5.5-inch display just like the previously launched OnePlus 3T.