Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Hiring Him

Jay Anderson
May 18, 2017

As most Republicans defended Trump and others expressed concerns, another bombshell report landed, this time about a memo where Comey wrote that Trump had asked him to shut down an FBI investigation into Flynn, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Subsequent reports by the New York Times revealed that Trump had pressured Comey for loyalty and asked him to curtail the FBI's investigation. The White House denies the allegation.

"As long as this continues it is hard to stand behind him", he said.

Despite knowing of the investigation, Trump appointed Flynn his first national security adviser.

Republicans like Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, tried to remain upbeat. But more is needed.

Addressing the Comey memo, GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas said: "If Comey felt like the president was trying to obstruct justice, Comey would have been duty-bound to report it to the DOJ and act on it". It shows President Donald J. Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, second to the left, during a meeting at the White House.

During a commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy, Trump urged graduating cadets to follow his example and "fight, fight, fight".

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". The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 370 points, Treasuries rallied the most since Brexit and volatility spiked higher as the turmoil surrounding the Trump administration roiled financial markets around the globe.

As special prosecutor, Mueller will have all the same powers as a US attorney, though he will still ultimately report to Rosenstein.

There is no sign the FBI's Russian Federation investigation is closing.

Meanwhile in Congress, the House Oversight Committee invited Comey to testify on his conversations with the president. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz set a hearing for May 24 though Comey hasn't agreed to appear.

Trump Threatens To Stop Holding Press Briefings
While the media have been raising various questions on Trump's decision, the Republican president and his team have failed to give clear answers.

In a written statement explaining his decision, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote that "a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".

The US President chose a speech at the graduation ceremony of the newest US Coast Guard officers to hit back following a succession of negative news reports over his sudden decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week.

We're heartened to see Colorado's Republican delegation getting on board for a review of the memos and testimony from Comey.

Ryan said he told fellow House Republicans during a private meeting not to rush to judgement.

The existence of the memo was first reported on Tuesday by The New York Times. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts". "I hope you can let this go". Flynn belatedly registered with the US Justice Department as a foreign agent that same month.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, also a property developer who has become a trusted aid to his father-in-law, have maintained extensive business interests. "I believe that fundamentally his commitment to America is real, and that his leadership is very, very important", he said.

Even by Trump administration standards it's been a chaotic week or so.

Sorry President Trump, but Al Green does not want to stay together.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, called the memo as reported "powerful evidence of obstruction of justice". In many cases, they represent states or districts that voted strongly for Trump, and where the GOP base still ardently supports the president.

Criminal lawyers are now parsing the president's behaviour in terms of whether it meets the "intent to thwart justice" test of the criminal charge of obstruction of justice.

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