Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

White House says no evidence of Trump team collusion with Russians

Ellis Copeland | 26 May, 2017, 10:14

Once again, the space allotted couldn't possibly do justice to the past week, but here goes. Rather, we have demanded a full and public investigation of the allegations, including potential crimes by Trump campaign officials and advisers and potential obstruction of justice by President Trump himself. Another involves Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recommendation of Mr. Comey's firing. Page has denied any involvement in Russian attempts to influence the election.

Trump then threatened Comey on Twitter, insinuating the existence of Nixonian Oval Office recordings. It was later revealed that the president had asked Comey to stop the Bureau's investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn, who was briefly national security adviser and is now the subject of investigations into his ties with the Russian and Turkish governments.

Three top intelligence officials testified before Congress on Tuesday, and members of Congress pushed for more answers on the Russian Federation probe.

Not only was Trump trying to use one part of the intelligence agency against another, he did so knowing that what he was asking the agencies to do was not just interference, but a lie.

Late Wednesday, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as a special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the investigation into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election.

In an ironic twist, current and former Trump administration and campaign officials are reportedly being represented by the WilmerHale law firm, where Mueller worked as a partner prior to his appointment as special counsel.

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U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn boards Air Force One at West Palm Beach International airport in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In a letter to the Senate committee on Monday, Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination in deflecting the panel's subpoena for a wide array of documents and information related to his contacts with Russians.

In Watergate, the smoking gun was a White House tape proving that Richard M. Nixon ordered a cover-up - the final evidence that forced him from the White House. (Flynn was canned for misleading Pence about his Kislyak calls.) Outside, Lavrov jokingly feigned ignorance about the firing.

In the swarm of news of the past few days, there has been much innuendo and rumor regarding President Donald Trump and his recently fired FBI Director James Comey and less hard evidence. "'I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation". But he said he did not know whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interests. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation". "With so many Trump administration officials potentially tangled up in this investigation and lawyering up all over Washington, such a recusal rule could make it extremely hard for the special prosecutor to hire a staff".

Schiff noted that even if his committee does not uncover any behind-the-scenes collusion, it is worth examining the troubling aspects of Trump's relationship with Russia that have happened out in the open-from the unauthorized sharing of highly classified Israeli intelligence with Russia's ambassador and foreign minister to exchanges of praise with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign.

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