The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers' oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump. Jerry Nadler, said in an interview on CNN (via the Washington Examiner).
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, R-Wis., said that while Conaway leads the Russian Federation investigation, Nunes remains the committee chairman and has the "right and responsibility to conduct oversight of the intelligence community, especially as it relates to the potential misuse of intelligence agencies against Americans".
Specifically, according to sources familiar with the matter, at no point in the weeks and months before Comey's termination did Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein or Attorney General Sessions tell Comey they were uneasy about his leadership or upset over what Rosenstein later called Comey's "mistaken" decision to announce the results of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server a year ago. They emerged after President Trump trashed Comey's "poor, poor performance" on the job.
The White House has also denied that the President asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty shortly after he took office.
Today, a White House spokesperson referred a question about the Times' story to outside counsel.
It is reasonable to conclude, the source added, that Comey did not think any of Trump's individual actions constituted obstruction of justice. What memos does he have? "That phrase raises a lot of questions in my mind". Was it because Trump must have known his version was not the truth and wanted to launch a pre-emptive strike against Comey before Comey could respond.
The Justice Department and several USA congressional committees are investigating the Russian Federation matter. Mueller has so far been mum about taking over the investigations.
Richard Painter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, who served as the chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, said he had no idea what Comey might say. All this seems to have happened nearly simultaneously with Trump's longest stint away from Washington DC on his excursion to Arabia and Europe. "So we need to hear directly from Mr. Comey on these important issues". He is alleged to have sought a hotline to Moscow and chose not to mention this meeting in his security clearance form.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Comey quoted Trump as telling him that day. But we can't do it well or fairly to the people we investigate if we talk about it.
She also cited McCabe's testimony to the Senate panel last month that "there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date", which appears to conflict with subsequent news accounts of Comey's memo detailing a conversation in which Trump allegedly asked him to back off the Flynn probe. "He used to be in the security services", Putin said. Because this is where Russia's spies are trained.
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Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Kislyak is not just another career diplomat - he trained as a nuclear scientist, was spotted for his powerful intellect and pulled into foreign service in 1977.
Courts have also looked at whether the substance of the communications had already been publicly disclosed. The question then becomes - did Kislyak's incidental entanglement help one of the candidates collude with the Russians on the fly?