Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Federal Bureau of Investigation chief's unceremonious ouster boomerangs on president

A combination photo shows US President Donald Trump and Former FBI Director James Comey.

"The president has utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

Analysts are still debating whether Trump actually obstructed justice by asking Comey to drop investigations into Flynn.

Donald Trump reportedly asked then-FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and his Russian Federation ties.

The White House swiftly denied the Tuesday reports first published by the New York Times, saying that the president "never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

The person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Flynn was sacked after misleading top White House officials about his contacts with Russian Federation.

And now in this final act of desperation, following his hollow "Mission Accomplished" moment in the White House rose garden hailing a healthcare bill that will certainly be hacked into unrecognizable pieces by a frightened senate and sent back to the House in a body bag, the president disappears for five days before emerging with this bungled firing of the person who holds the most delicate position to nail him. Comey had previously declined to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but some media reports indicated that he would likely comply with the new requests.

"In a week full of revelation after revelation, on a day when we thought things couldn't get any worse, they have", Schumer said. Richard Blumenthal, a Judiciary Committee member and former federal prosecutor, said in a statement. "I call all the time and ask prosecutors to stop investigations. We also obviously need to get Director Comey's memos immediately, as well as all associated records, including any audio tapes, and notes, if they exist". "We are deeply concerned of the repeated failure of the House Republicans to take action in the face of these onslaught of allegations", he said. Regarding Clinton's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern, the proceedings stated: "President Clinton lied under oath in his civil deposition about his discussions with Ms. Lewinsky concerning her involvement in the Jones case".

Legal experts point to two opinions written by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in 1973 and 2000, both concluding that indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would impermissibly undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions.

As FBI director, he was accustomed to hours-long oversight hearings before Congress covering a wide range of topics. "I'm not going to take a memo, I want the guy to come in", Graham told reporters, adding, "If he felt confident enough to write it down, he should come in and tell us about it". "We need to call Comey and get to the bottom of all of this".

Comey was abruptly fired May 9 and learned of the dismissal as he was giving a talk in Los Angeles.

Leftist politicians are hurling obstruction-of-justice claims around and even talking about impeachment only four months into Trump's presidency.

In one of these documents, Comey picked up Trump's request to end an investigation into Flynn's ties with Russian Federation. He also tweeted a veiled threat last Friday warning the ex-director against leaking information.

Soon after the firing, a Comey associate told the AP that Comey recounted being asked by Trump at a January dinner if he would pledge his loyalty.

He said he's been waiting for an explanation from the White House about exactly what was said to the Russians in the Oval Office on Wednesday.

Comey prepared the account immediately after his meeting with the president, and sent copies of the memo to Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership and to some of his closest associates.

"I hope you can let this go", Trump told Comey, according to a source familiar with the contents of the memo.

"If true, James Comey's reported allegations suggest that our President may have tried to obstruct the FBI's investigation into a matter of national security", Sewell, of Birmingham, said in a statement.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats plan to demand a vote on Wednesday to appoint an independent commission to investigate Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

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