Trump aides knew Flynn was being investigated before he became NSA


There may be a day when it's no longer politically feasible for Republicans to stick with Trump, but it has not arrived, even though some Republicans are warning that their agenda will stall if the White House doesn't put some of the questions behind it.

They still need Trump to attain any of those goals, and absent more compelling evidence of wrongdoing the party is not prepared to abandon him yet.

President Trump was defiant Wednesday while speaking at the U.S. "You have probably the last person that the president wants to vouch for him, vouching for him, and that's Vladimir Putin".

Before he was sacked after just 24 days on the job, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn rejected a military plan seven months in the making to retake Raqqa, Syria, from the Islamic State, a plan that went against the wishes of Turkey - a country whose interests Flynn was being paid $530,000 to represent, McClatchy DC reported Wednesday night.

It's a striking position for McClintock, of Elk Grove, given that he represents a solidly red congressional district where Trump trounced Democrat Hillary Clinton by 15 percentage points in the November presidential election. United States press were barred but not their Russian counterparts, it transpired.

Donald Trump is in a desperate scramble to recover some of his credibility and to avoid losing the support of his fellow Republicans who rule the Congress.

Comey, who was leading the FBI's investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, including reported ties to the Trump campaign, was sacked by Trump last week.

The nonchalance coming from those Republicans and others is notable at a moment when the White House appears immersed in the most serious crisis of Trump's young presidency. Sen.

"I guess that's why we won", he said.

"What the president shared was wholly appropriate", McMaster said on Tuesday of Mr. Trump's Oval Office discussions.

For months, Republicans on Capitol Hill have stood by President Donald Trump despite damaging revelations surrounding the Russian Federation investigation.

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".

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But all of this was merely the appetizer before Monday's main course of "you've got to be kidding me".

"Adversity makes you stronger - don't give in, don't back down and never stop doing what you know is right". Don't give in, don't back down. "And the more righteous your fight, the more opposition that you will face".

Former FBI Director James Comey "most definitely" wants to testify before Congress - and wrote other memos in addition to the one claiming President Trump asked him to drop an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a source familiar with Comey's thinking told CBS News' Andres Triay.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday if President Donald Trump told the Federal Bureau of Investigation to end a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, then it would amount to obstruction of justice.

On their own, the words "I hope you can let this go" are likely not enough to trigger a criminal charge for obstructing justice.

Lynch, a member of the House Oversight Committee, noted that Comey had been invited to testify at a hearing next week, so that members of Congress could question the former FBI director about the Russian Federation investigation and the circumstances surrounding his own firing.

John McCain, chairperson of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late on Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale". As the chorus of calls grew louder for some kind of independent investigation of what's going on in Washington and as pushback stiffened from the White House, the announcement at 5 p.m. came with little warning or fanfare.

"Now is the time to gather all the pertinent information", Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the speaker of the House, told reporters Wednesday.

The White House is getting battered with one scandal after another, thanks to the unstable, irresponsible, risky narcissist in the Oval Office.

Flynn was forced to resign one day before the conversation between Comey and Trump, after it was revealed that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about connections he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The intensifying drama comes as Mr Trump is set to embark on 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.

"If it exists, we should be able to see it, authenticate it", he said.