Republican voices grow for independent Russian Federation probe

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CNN's Bearded Bore Wolf Blitzer goaded Independent Senator Angus King of ME into mentioning impeachment on Tuesday when he asked him whether the report alleging that Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn could warrant impeachment proceedings.

"I think there is a good possibility that Jim Comey continued to have these conversations with the president because he was actually building an obstruction of justice case", Miller told MSNBC Wednesday.

Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, tweeted that he's asked Comey to testify at the hearing.

"I guess you could argue that stuff like [acquisition reform] is bipartisan, and it can press on regardless of that, but yeah, I am concerned that when it comes to budget, when it comes to some of the other things, that it makes it harder", Thornberry said.

The White House on Wednesday disputed the account of the Trump-Comey conversation on Flynn, fired by Trump for concealing at least one conversation with the Russian ambassador.

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Comey's ouster has stirred fierce controversy as it came during the FBI's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race, including possible ties between Russia and Trump's campaign.

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The group has pursued lawsuits against Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by continuing to take foreign payments as president. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also planned to ask Comey to testify, The Hill reported.

Immediately after the New York Times report Tuesday night, Amash said on Twitter, "The allegations reportedly contained in the memo are incredibly serious". These are questions we must ask, and the public has a right to the answers.

In this May 8 photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as United States politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

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The counter-argument to all of this, of course, is that Trump got them a Supreme Court justice!

He injected a note of mockery into remarks that appeared aimed to suggest no sensitive information was exchanged during the meeting between Trump and Lavrov, quipping that his longtime foreign minister had failed to pass on any secrets.

If Republicans were willing to tolerate his call for Russian hacking, his defense of vile dictators, his abuse of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the "Access Hollywood" tape, his assaults on the intelligence community, his (thankfully) inept attempts to ram through a Muslim ban, his attacks on judges, his hiring as national security adviser of Michael Flynn without vetting him, and his firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, why should blurting out secrets reportedly entrusted to us by Israel to Russian officials move them over the edge?

The twin scandals have forced the White House into damage limitation mode as congressional Republicans demand further investigations.

Dem response: Nancy Pelosi said "a special prosecutor is the first step, but it can not be the last", calling for an independent commission. Although top aides declare reports about Trump's discussions false, national security adviser H.R. McMaster seeks instead to downplay the significance of the information Trump revealed. He did the same after a series of conversations with Dean later that month in which the White House counsel asked Walters if the Central Intelligence Agency could pay for the bail or the salaries of the Watergate burglars.

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