Friday, 14 December, 2018

Comey expected to confirm Trump asked him to drop Flynn investigation

Comey expected to confirm Trump asked him to drop Flynn investigation Comey expected to confirm Trump asked him to drop Flynn investigation
Alfredo Watts | 04 June, 2017, 05:23

US President Donald Trump (L) speaks in Ypilanti Township, Michigan March 15, 2017 and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, DC, May 3, 2017 in a combination of file photos.

According to The New York Times, those interactions included a dinner during which Trump told Comey to "pledge his loyalty", and an Oval Office meeting where he was asked to close a probe on Flynn. After Trump fired Comey earlier this month, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to lead the criminal investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow during the 2016 election.

That's what Donald Trump will learn next week as the former FBI director plans to confirm that the President pressured him to end the investigation into Russia's ties with a top Trump aide.

So what is the news in this CNN report exactly?

Comey's sacking raised a lot of dust and fuelled concerns about the integrity of the inquiry and renewed calls for an independent investigation.

A risky argument is now being put forward by some Democratic ideologues: namely that President Trump should be indicted for the crime of obstructing justice because he fired FBI Director James Comey.

Politico wrote Rosenstein might have to recuse himself from the probe that is looking into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation because of his actions before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The president reportedly told Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican who chairs the committee, says the committee would welcome Comey's testimony. Whoever Trump appoints will require Senate approval, and winning that could prove hard, as both Democrats and Republicans will probably push for a person who could resist the White House's influence. Mr. Comey drafted a memo on the times he felt the president acted improperly in trying to influence an ongoing investigation.

As of Wednesday morning, Comey's testimony in front of the committee had not yet been scheduled, though there are talks that the appearance could happen next week, according to a second source familiar with the matter.

FILE - In this December 16, 2016, file photo, Michael Cohen, an attorney for Donald Trump, arrives in Trump Tower in NY.