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Why Trump can't fire his way out of 'Russia thing' this time

Why Trump can't fire his way out of 'Russia thing' this time

This raised questions about whether the president improperly attempted to interfere with a federal investigation.

The White House has denied the allegation in a statement. "It is obvious that there are some people out there that want to harm the president", Ryan said Wednesday.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

A third recent scandal, concerning a story that Mr Trump blurted out highly classified information about Islamic State to Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and that same ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, in the Oval Office on May 10th, suggests how different Mr Trump is from Tricky Dicky.

True to form that's exactly what he's done today, attacking the media in the middle of a commencement speech at the US Coast Guard Academy and appealing to his support base.

"I know it's a long list", Ryan said after rattling it off.

"Let's get to the bottom of what happened with the director".

Trump urged graduating cadets to follow his example and "fight, fight, fight". Never, ever, ever give up.

But the turmoil was rattling markets as Wall Street stocks suffered their steepest drop of the year.

Russian state agency Tass quickly posted pictures that have since become infamous, of Mr Trump, Mr Lavrov and Mr Kislyak smiling and apparently sharing jokes, at a time when Russia had been accused by USA intelligence of interfering in last year's U.S. election and the May 7 French presidential election as well.

House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) also put in a request with the FBI for such memos Tuesday evening, but his request pertained to all Comey memos stretching back to the beginning of the Obama administration, not just those related to the Russian Federation inquiry or the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as Secretary of State. Comey associates said the president was referring to an ongoing investigation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who resigned a day before the conversation.

"The memo is powerful evidence of obstruction of justice and certainly merits immediate and prompt investigation by an independent special prosecutor", said Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal.

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Luis Videgaray, Mexico's foreign minister, said at an event in Washington Thursday that his country is ready for the talks. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration would start talks on the Nafta deal in as few as 90 days.

And House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced he was inviting Comey to testify before his committee next Wednesday, though the committee has yet to make contact with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. The U.S. press was barred from the meeting.

Asked about the memo and a shift in strategy on Air Force One Wednesday, press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly pointed to the statement, declining to elaborate.

Despite reports Mr Trump shared the information in a way that would have allowed the Russians to work out its origin, General McMaster asserted the President "in no way compromised any sources".

On Monday evening, the Washington Post reported that Mr Trump had discussed highly secret information that had been provided by the intelligence agency of a U.S. ally about an ISIS terrorist threat involving the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

Sen. John McCain has long called for a select committee to investigate Russian Federation, but the Arizona Republican does not back a special prosecutor.

With Congress descending into partisan rowing about the president, there is already little prospect of Democrats and Republicans co-operating on legislation.

At the White House, multiple officials said, there have been no internal discussions about canceling or altering the complex junket.

"He needs to right the ship", Collins told Newsradio WGAN.

"I don't think we're there yet", Arizona Sen.

The surest sign that the bottom is falling out from under Trump was a Wall Street Journal editorial that declared flatly: "Presidencies can withstand only so much turbulence before they come apart".

Still, other Republicans were standing by their man. "This is a new administration". "I think it would be great", he said, "I'm someone who has always believed in sunlight, and that clarity is our friend, and truth is the best ally".


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