Parker: White House spins, truth told when president weighs in

Comey Memo On Trump Meeting Could Mean Impeachment For President

Mr Trump later told news anchors at the White House that Mr Mueller's appointment was a "very, very negative thing", adding: "I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".

The Washington Post has reported that former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last week, noted in a personal memo that Trump had asked him to let the Michael Flynn probe go.

"No, no. Next question", he said, speaking at a press conference with the Colombian president.

For one, speculation had swirled that the Trump administration could lift sanctions on Moscow that the Obama administration slapped on Russian Federation in response to election interference.

"No. No. Next question", Trump interrupted tersely.

Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment".

Donald Trump's beleaguered White House was rocked Tuesday by a pair of explosive allegations - that he personally tried to quash an FBI investigation, and that he disclosed highly classified information to top Russian officials.

The president's timing was awful: He axed the man atop the agency investigating Russian meddling in America's election a day before Russia's foreign minister arrived in Washington to meet with the president.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey, recorded in a memo written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

But the experts said intent was a critical element of an obstruction of justice charge, and the president's words could be subject to interpretation and possibly put into the context of other actions, like Comey's termination.

Also on Tuesday, a new poll showed that 48 percent of USA voters said they would support Trump's impeachment, while only 41 percent would oppose such charges.

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".

Trump lashed out in the morning on Twitter at the news that the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to oversee the investigation.

Veterans of previous election campaigns said some contact with foreign officials during a campaign was not unusual, but the number of interactions between Trump aides and Russian officials and others with links to Putin was exceptional.

Flynn was forced out in February after he misled the vice president about his conversations with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office.

The Comey memo was part of a paper trail Comey created documenting what he perceived as the President's improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.

"We continue to work together and we have confidence in that relationship between us and the United States that it helps to keep us all safer", she said. "Even my enemies say there was no collusion", he said.



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