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NY Times: Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Hiring Him

Irune Rengel | 19 May, 2017, 20:37

He appeared to mean that he could "only" speak for himself.

"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said.

"But when I made that decision, I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision".

"It was a full flip-flop, going from absolutely "false" to "either confirming or declining to challenge almost every key aspect of the account", the Washington Post said".

The Russia scandal enveloping the White House poses an existential threat to the White House and more broadly to the GOP. The West Wing was leaking like a sieve and Trump was powerless to stop it.

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Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already chose to dismiss Comey. Comey, some Democrats renewed talk that impeachment of the president could be in the works for potential obstruction of justice.

The president's comments come as he deals with backlash from firing Comey last week and subsequent reports that raised questions about whether he might have tried to interfere with an investigation.

A reporter from The Hill asked Republican Rep. Justin Amash if the details of the Comey memo - in which the president is alleged to have asked the bureau to drop its investigation of former National Security Adviser Gen. Mike Flynn - would "merit impeachment" if true, and the MI congressman responded, "Yes". "I hope you can let this go", referring to the inquiry into Flynn's actions. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", said Trump, according to a source who read the memo. "He is a good guy".

"If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorised to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters", the order says.

It also may give Trump's White House some relief from the barrage of questions from the media as Mueller takes the lead in an investigation that will mostly take place out of the public eye for now.

Trump responded by tweeting that as president, he had authority to disclose whatever he'd like. "No politician in history - and I say this with great surety - has been treated worse or more unfairly", Trump said in a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy, his one military academy commencement speech of the year.

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In some of the longest exchanges with reporters during a week filled with explosive headlines, including news that Comey had penned a memo documenting the president asking him to stop investigating Flynn, Trump said he thought the decision to fire Comey would be bipartisan, said repeatedly there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation, and attempted to spin it as a partisan distraction.

Notably, however, Comey has written "similar memos...about every phone call and meeting he has had with the president", the Times reported.

The White House has denied reports that Trump pressed Comey to drop an investigation into Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The Times doesn't mince words about what's at stake here.

Trump appointed Flynn as his national security adviser despite the revelation, but Flynn resigned less than a month into the job after it became known he had talked about sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and misled Vice President Mike Pence about it. He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.

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You'd be forgiven if you only vaguely remembered that, because it was so long ago - Monday, a lifetime in Trump-era news terms. And the other biggest problem is there haven't been many successes on the legislative level for the Congress.

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