Trump Asked FBI's Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry

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Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a former state attorney general.

However, if this is food for obstruction of justice, it is still an awfully thin soup. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a former US attorney. He added: "Whether there are mitigating circumstances remains to be seen".

"Evidently, Comey wrote these kind of memoranda a lot, according to what we're hearing". "To the extent the prior administration's records of interactions with Mr. Comey about these topics may now be housed at the National Archives or elsewhere, we ask that you make the relevant personnel there aware of the request and authorize them to release the records to the committee", the letter reads.

There are multiple obstruction of justice statutes on the books.

"I hope you can let this go", Trump allegedly said, according to a memo written by Comey that was described to multiple media outlets.

The New York Times said that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation against Flynn. "The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

And in a tweet Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. defended his father.

"At this point I have not seen anything that is that alarming", said Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama.

"With respect to the highly politicized Russian Federation investigation, I would like to see it independently investigated", Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., one of three California Republicans who have called for an independent probe. The act has to be done corruptly. He didn't have a corrupt intent and was not trying to curtail a criminal case.

"If he substituted his judgement for Comey's under circumstances where he would try to make it look like Flynn was being cleared but he was actually orchestrating it, to me... the key word in the statute of obstruction to justice is 'corruptly.' What corruptly means is you have to understand that what you're doing is a violation of the law and you have to do it with a specific goal to subvert an ongoing investigation. We need an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 election and connections to the Trump campaign and Administration". "Any one of these facts in isolation may be problematic but may not be sufficient". Do you think they need to tone it down? Some lawyers say obstruction of justice charges are limited to interference in an actual criminal case, not an early stage of an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

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Any investigation would pay close attention to the timeline.

The only defense so far has been an unsigned statement saying Comey's allegations are false, which white House press secretary Sean Spicer reiterated off-camera on Wednesday.

Rivkin acknowledged, however, that President Trump's alleged interference in the Flynn probe could raise other concerns, since the investigation could turn up evidence that implicates him or his campaign aides.

A day earlier, The Washington Post also published a report which alleged that Trump shared "highly classified" information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a White House meeting last week.

Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is joining a long list of lawmakers wanting fired FBI Director James Comey to testify about his interaction with President Trump on Russian Federation.

The New York Times, citing a current and a former USA official, reported Tuesday that the information Trump divulged came from an Israeli intelligence asset based in Daesh-held territory in Syria.

Senators have now asked Comey to testify in public, paving the way for a televised showdown over what some are terming as an "impeachable offence" by Trump.

"The country deserves answers to the questions raised and former Director Comey deserves an opportunity to be heard and if appropriate, challenged", he said.

Those words have thrown the White House into chaos, yet again. "You can have a grotesque abuse of authority that renders somebody unfit to serve, but it's not a crime", he said. And even if it did, they said, Comey would come out for the better.

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