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Would Trump request to end Flynn probe have broken law?

18 May 2017

In both instances, the media "exposés" actually represent attacks on Trump from within the military-intelligence apparatus.

"Concerns about our national security, the rule of law, and the independence of our nation's highest law enforcement agencies are mounting", he added.

The White House put out a statement denying the accuracy of Comey's memo.

Gen Flynn was forced to resign after misleading top White House officials about his contacts with Russian Federation.

The memo was written immediately after the meeting, a day after Michael Flynn resigned for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations a year ago with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer says "history is watching" and "the country is being tested in unprecedented ways" in the wake of a New York Times story that says President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to call off an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

This request comes after The New York Times revealed on Tuesday the existence of documents that Comey wrote shortly after having conversations with Trump. Without using the term, the newspaper was suggesting that Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.

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Trump later admitted in a television interview about Comey's firing that he was bothered by "this Russian Federation thing" and said he would have fired Comey regardless of the Justice Department recommendation. A day before Comey's meeting with Trump, Flynn had been ousted for what the White House said were misleading accounts of his conversations with Russia's US ambassador.

Jeffrey Toobin said, "If he's telling the truth I don't think anyone can see this as anything but an obstruction of justice".

In an ominous sign for Trump, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation asking for the handover of "all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President".

In response, Comey, who was sacked by Donald Trump last week, merely agreed that Flynn was a good guy without suggesting that the investigation was to be brought to an end.

Aides are anxious that Mr Trump could end up speaking off-the-cuff and ruin the meetings, said one official. Comey's written account of the meeting is two pages long and highly detailed, the associates said. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

The information had been supplied by Israel in the fight against ISIS, the officials said.

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"It is not squishy New York Times conservatives who regard the president as a child, an intellectual void, a hopeless case, a threat to national security", Douthat wrote.

These types of conflicts are a near-constant in the Trump administration, which has tangled over accounts involving issues ranging from the size of Trump's inaugural crowd to the firing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. The crisis atmosphere within the administration was reflected in the fact that State Department officials were unaware of the Tillerson statement when contacted by the press.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got off to a rocky start with beat reporters on the second day of the administration when he delivered a tirade about reporting on the Inauguration Day crowds. While the White House initially cited a Justice Department recommendation and Comey's very public handling of the Clinton email investigation as reasons, those explanations quickly shifted.

Senate Republicans learned during the day that the president last week shared classified information, gathered by Israel, with visiting Russian officials.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said Mr Comey needs to come to Capitol Hill and testify.

"You already knew the media was out to get us", it said."But sadly it's not just the fake news..."

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"I don't think the White House is stupid enough to create a credibility contest with Comey", Dershowtiz said.