GOP lawmaker raises option of impeaching Trump over Comey
May 20 2017 by Francis Osborne
The New York Times reported the material came from Israel, and Russian Federation has intelligence ties to the Jewish state's arch-enemy Iran. The committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to give the committee any notes that Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Mr Trump met Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, at the White House on Wednesday last week.
Citing anonymous officials, USA media reported on May 15 that during his May 10 meeting with Lavrov, Trump had disclosed highly classified information received from a us ally - reportedly Israel - about a planned operation by the extremist group Islamic State (IS).
U.S. President Donald Trump's sharing of highly classified intelligence with Russian Federation could cause a problem with efforts to seek cooperation from allies in dealing with North Korea, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.
The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday they are seeking notes written by former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, as controversy flares after a report saying President Donald Trump asked Comey to halt a probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Central to them is the idea of intent or bad objective, or what Trump may have been thinking when he allegedly told Comey in February that "I hope you can let this go".
The judiciary committee's request comes amid an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into the Trump administration's Russian connections, which is separate from the one initiated at the FBI by Comey.
Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey last Tuesday, supposedly because of his poor handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.
If the events in the memo happened in the way that Comey says, President Trump would find himself likely being impeached by the House of Representatives.
Stock markets tumbled, the dollar's value sank and anxious Republicans wondered what else could go wrong Wednesday as President Donald Trump faced congressional inquiries into allegations he tried to derail an FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and disclosed classified intelligence to Russian Federation.
The White House has denied any improper conduct. Warner said his he couldn't think of a "single Republican colleague" he has spoken with who, at least in private, hasn't expressed genuine concern over the reported Comey memo. He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it". According to John McCain, Trump's scandals are "reaching Watergate size and scale".
The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorised to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. In January, Trump reportedly sought a pledge of loyalty from Comey and failed to obtain it. "The American people deserve to know the truth", Murkowski said in a statement, arguing that the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation should be supplemented by an independent one. He is a good guy.
"On its face, this is a textbook prima facie case of an attempt to obstruct justice", concluded Sen.