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Published: Mon, May 22, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Senate Intelligence Committee leaders demand Comey's notes


March 20, 2017: Comey testifies to Congress that the FBI has been investigating possible links between Trump associates and Russian officials since July, the same month he held an unusual news conference to discuss the investigation into Clinton. Putin did not specify how, exactly, he might have come to have an exact transcript of the meeting.

And Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who was the the first House Democrat to call unequivocally for Trump's impeachment earlier this week, took to the House floor to lay out his demands. Chaffetz said Wednesday he was inviting Comey to appear before the committee when hearings begin May 24.

Will this scandal lead to President Trump being removed from office? During an Oval Office meeting in February, it is claimed that President Trump spoke with former FBI Director James Comey about closing the investigation into Flynn. Central to them is the idea of intent or bad goal, or what Trump may have been thinking when he allegedly told Comey in February that "I hope you can let this go".

Trump's plea on Flynn's behalf - perhaps it was prompted by the belief that his aide was a "good guy", perhaps by fear about what goods that good guy might have on him - is the mirror image of his debate pronouncement that "if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation".

Angry over the steady stream of leaks from within his administration, he suggested that Comey jail journalists for publishing classified information and expressed his hope that the FBI director would drop the ongoing investigation into Flynn.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". An official pointed out that the acting FBI director last week testified that there had been no effort to impede the investigation.

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".

"If the USA administration considers it possible, we are ready to provide a record of Lavrov's conversation with Trump" to USA lawmakers, Putin said at a press conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

The White House vigorously denied it all. "But when you add them all up, you have a very plausible obstruction of justice case, I think".

Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr on Tuesday said the burden on proof is on the New York Times, which first reported the Comey memo, to publish it.

Does this rise to the level of criminal obstruction of justice?

It's far too soon to make a definitive judgment about whether any laws have been broken in connection with the president's contacts with James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired a week ago.

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