Trump's Recent Actions Undermine White House Competence, Credibility

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By contrast, here are some of the actions Trump has undertaken that have not caused most Republican officials to abandon their support, or even offer especially sharp criticism (if any criticism at all): multiple attempts at a Muslim ban, boasts about sexual assault, mocking people with disabilities, attacking a Gold Star family, making baseless claims that Obama wiretapped him, making baseless claims that 3 million people voted illegally, comparing the intelligence community to Nazis, firing the FBI director investigating his campaign, betraying a critical ally by sharing highly classified information with the Russians.

"What is it that concerns you most about what we've learned in the last 24 or 48 hours and does it approach obstruction of justice?"

Ryan said lawmakers want to hear from Comey about "why he didn't take action at the time" if his allegation that Trump asked him to stop investigating Flynn is true.

Amash's comments follow Tuesday night's bombshell New York Times report that in a private February meeting with Comey in the Oval Office, Trump allegedly told the then-FBI chief: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". "I hope you can let this go". Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

Central to them is the idea of intent or bad objective, or what Trump may have been thinking when he allegedly told Comey in February that "I hope you can let this go".

The news came within a week of Trump's dismissal of Comey and a day after reports that Trump had shared classified information with Russian Federation.

"We have an obligation to carry out our oversight, regardless of which party is in the White House". Clinton acknowledged that he had made false statements under oath about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and surrendered his law license in Arkansas.

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The White House has denied that Trump asked Comey to end the Flynn investigation. The West Michigan libertarian firebrand is one of two House Republicans supporting Democratic legislation to form an independent commission to investigate allegations into Russian Federation and its reach in the USA presidential election.

Authorities said Russian Federation meddled in November's election to benefit Trump. The other Republican sponsor is Walter Jones, a frequent Amash ally who was also one of the closest allies of former Congressman Ron Paul, the libertarian icon Amash has been compared to on occasion since entering Congress. After Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, Jones and Amash again joined the ranks of Democrats calling for an independent investigation into Russia's possible ties to the Trump administration.

Trump came under fire earlier this week after it was revealed that he shared the sensitive intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister, Putin said on Wednesday Moscow initially found debates about Russia's meddling in US politics as "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".

They also asked Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe for "any notes or memorandum" Comey may have written "regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to investigations into Russia's efforts". After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching". Pelley is scheduled to interview Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who has asked for records and other documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to communications between Trump and Comey.

Based on what you already know about Mike Flynn's trips to Russian Federation, are you inclined to believe there is fire behind the notes that James Comey took after his meetings with Trump back in February, or is it probably just more smoke?

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