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Democrat to Congress: President Trump 'must be impeached'

Democrat to Congress: President Trump 'must be impeached'

The last two weeks have been an unmitigated disaster for Mr. Trump's team, stalling their legislative agenda on Capitol Hill and potentially threatening Mr. Trump's presidency.

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.

Reuters independently confirmed the Times account.

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.

Even powerful Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the likely quarterback for Senate tax reform plans, said Wednesday he was anxious the GOP agenda could run aground over the Russian Federation and Comey affair. Jeff Flake said of a special prosecutor.

In dismissing Comey last week, Trump created the very real possibility that a respected law enforcement official known for an outspoken nature and willingness to buck political convention could resurface in public.

"He is flunking all the rules of crisis management", said a Washington lawyer involved in several White House investigations who spoke anonymously. And even if it did, they said, Comey would come out for the better.

Late Wednesday, the Justice Department tapped former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be a special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, the department announced. And no USA president has ever been impeached and removed from office.

The White House initially said the decision was motivated by Comey's mishandling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails - but Trump himself undercut that explanation by saying he always meant to fire Comey and that his decision was linked to the Russian Federation probe.

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Why did Justice Dept appoint a Special Counsel? He also called on Robert Bennett, now of Hogan Lovells, in civil litigation brought by Paula Jones.

The House Judiciary Committee was then considering articles of impeachment against Nixon.

Of course, President Trump will only benefit from a private lawyer if he listens to that lawyer's advice.

Nixon agreed. He told Haldeman and Ehrlichman to meet with Walters, a longtime Nixon loyalist whom the president had placed in the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor its director, Richard Helms, and give him the order to talk to Gray. She cited Trump's out-of-court comments about the judge overseeing the Trump University fraud litigation as an example.

"What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans", Putin said.

Flynn resigned in February, a day before Comey reportedly wrote the memo, after it emerged that he had apparently misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US.

One way to mitigate the fallout might be to bring in someone from outside the Washington white-collar bar, such as a former USA attorney general or retired federal judge. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. Neither responded to my emails.

Our request, submitted to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, comes after The New York Times broke the story that Comey had memorialized his meetings with Trump, including one that took place in February, the day after Flynn was forced to resign amidst revelations he had lied about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Nonetheless, this week's developments have evoked a sense of a White House that has lost control of events and a president who has become increasingly erratic.


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