President Trump Denies Asking Comey To Scuttle Flynn Investigation

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The White House has said that Flynn was dismissed for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about a phone call with the Russian ambassador, during which he reportedly discussed ways of softening U.S. sanctions on Russia.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has its own investigation of alleged Russian election interference, also wants Comey to appear in closed and open session.

Given the frequency with which Flynn and others reportedly communicated with Russian officials, flat denials by the president and his aides suggest either total ignorance of the actions of Trump subordinates or the capacity for bald-face, repeated lies to the American people.

Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations previous year with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador in Washington, DC.

And on Tuesday, with that latest report fanning the flames on the growing fallout from Trump's decision to terminate Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced he was appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "The president must be impeached", said Green who is the first member of Congress to officially request leveling charges against the president. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

Charles Grassley of Iowa and ranking Democratic Sen.

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In a statement, the White House denied that Trump had made such a request to Comey.

Putin's cheeky proposal comes two days after the Washington Post broke the story that Trump had shared sensitive intelligence with Lavrov, as well as with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee, is trying to get in touch with former FBI Director James Comey to testify in a public hearing as soon as next week.

As with many of Putin's maneuvers, his offer to release a record of the White House meeting with Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and its Washington ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, seemed created to unnerve and confuse. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. "I do (have confidence in Trump)", he told reporters at a news conference.

According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong.

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