GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey

FBI Director James Comey during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 20, 2017.

The ACLU today sought the public release of memos reportedly prepared by former FBI Director James Comey that describe his conversations with President Trump.

The Senate Intelligence Committee said on May 17 that it has asked Comey to testify and also has asked his replacement, Andrew McCabe, to turn over any notes or memos about communication between the White House and the Justice Department about the Russian Federation investigation. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

Donald Trump gave vent to frustrations over his mounting political problems on Wednesday, declaring that no president in United States history had been treated “more unfairly”. Chaffetz, a Republican, issued the letter following a request to do so in a more detailed letter [text, PDF] signed by the 33 Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and House Judiciary Committee. At their news conference, Ryan and other House Republican leaders talked about National Police Week and their plans to overhaul the USA tax code before reporters raised questions about the Trump controversies.

Trump denied during a news conference on Thursday afternoon that he urged Comey to end an investigation into Flynn. “The Intelligence Committee is going to continue its investigation full-steam ahead”. Yet recent events make the media’s integral role in protecting our democracy clearer than ever.

Some doubt whether Trump, a businessman-turned politician who never held elective office before becoming president in January, is ready for a smooth presidential debut overseas. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Rosenstein would be questioned about a letter he wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.The White House initially said that letter prompted Trump to fire Comey, but Trump later said he had already chose to dismiss him and was thinking of “this Russia thing.”The Russia matter has consumed Washington and overshadowed Republican legislative priorities including a planned healthcare overhaul and sweeping tax cuts”.

Amash is the first Republican lawmaker to raise the specter of impeachment. “We need to have immediate classified briefings on what occurred at this meeting so that Congress can at least know as much as Russian leaders and know the impact on our national security, our allies, and our men and women protecting our country”.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated demands for a special prosecutor.

There are multiple obstruction of justice statutes on the books.

The letter specifically requests any “recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda” related to conversations between Comey and Trump. “At worst, he has obstructed justice”.