Comey Prepped Responses Ahead of Trump Discussions

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Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign spokesman who backed out of a White House job after allegations surfaced he had an affair with another transition official, argued Comey's habit of writing down conversations ― standard practice among law enforcement and in the business world ― was "weird and vindictive".

After associates of former James Comey leaked a memo - which allegedly revealed President Trump pressuring the then-FBI director to kill the Michael Flynn investigation - to the New York Times yesterday, a shift in tone has taken place.

Flynn is at the center of that investigation.

Green went on to say that Congress needs to let the American people speak since it appears they want to see the president face impeachment.

Ryan endorsed the House Oversight committee's request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump.

Said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): "We need to get the issue completely resolved".

Democratic leaders have tried to pump the brakes on impeachment, but calls are growing among the party's rank-and-file members on Capitol Hill and among progressive activists across the county fed up with President Trump.

In the House of Representatives, we count 10 GOP lawmakers who were open to an independent investigation or special counsel, but nearly all of them had already supported one before.

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"I want to look at the information and hear from the person who actually wrote [the memo]".

Lavrov recalled a joke of Soviet times when there were two main newspapers - Pravda, meaning Truth, and Izvestiya, meaning The News.

"The White House shut it down", one source told the magazine, explaining that Comey had pitched the idea of writing an oped about the subject during a White House Situation Room meeting in June or July.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to provide a transcript of a controversial Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, raising the stakes in an affair that has sent the White House into a tailspin.

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

Since US intelligence agencies last October accused Russian Federation of trying to swing the presidential election in Trump's favor, questions have swirled about whether some in his campaign colluded with Moscow.

The argument that Trump merely made a casual request to Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn is also suspicious given that Trump later fired Comey. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. The more immediate concern for Trump is the mounting pile of investigations, with new elements added Wednesday.

Chaffetz said he nonetheless thought that Comey's firing should be investigated. In the previous poll, taken Tuesday through Thursday, 46 percent approved and 47 percent disapproved of Trump's performance. "President Trump's approval has fallen from 51 percent in mid-April to 42 percent today", said Morning Consult chief research officer Kyle Dropp.

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