President criticised for attacking FBI — Russia-Trump
- Autor: Leon Brazil Dic 07, 2017,
Dic 07, 2017, 6:05
The US security services say that he lied when he told them earlier this year that he did not ask Kislyak to "refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions" adopted by the outgoing administration last December, which included the expulsion of 35 diplomats. "The case for immunity has its adherents, but they based their position largely on the consideration that a president subject to prosecution would be unable to perform the duties of the office, a result that they see as constitutionally intolerable".
"The other possibility - and I'm stunned that this hasn't gotten more attention - is that this is typical Trump braggadocio", he said. Both the magnitude of the sanctions and the public condemnation by the president was intended to send as sharp a rebuke as possible to Russia's attack on our democracy.
The law is rarely enforced, and it surely sounds absurd to expect an incoming presidential administration to wait until moving into the White House on Jan. 20 to initiate any conversation whatsoever with any foreign government. Wray did send a message to the staff yesterday-not mentioning the president-saying he is "inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the bureau".
That was news because it was the first time Trump indicated he knew Flynn lied to the FBI.
Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI. He has pleaded guilty to those lies.
Robert Mueller was FBI Director from 2001 to 2013 under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said Monday on "The Laura Ingraham Show" that that crucial point "seems to me to have gotten no coverage".
President Trump reacted to Mike Flynn's guilty plea yesterday by switching to his favorite target.
In the course of a long response, Yates stated, "We also told the White House Counsel that General Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI on February 24". It's composed of the same dedicated men and women who have always worked there and who do a great, apolitical job.
Trump fired Comey in May, leading to Mueller's appointment. As Comey said under oath that the president then tried to get him to drop the case, that episode therefore "feels a lot like obstruction", in the words of Harvard Law School professor Alex Whiting.
If that were right, it would be great news, albeit a bit late, for President Bill Clinton, impeached in 1998 for obstruction of justice and another charge, and for President Richard Nixon, who faced articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice and other charges before his 1974 resignation.
"Well, I feel badly for General Flynn". Wray has kept an extraordinarily low profile, even with Trump tweeting that the FBI's "reputation is in tatters-worst in history!" Comey, the FBI director at the time, testified in July 2016, not in July 2017.
"But look, there's still a lot of confusion, because we keep hearing different things about what exactly did the president know", he said.
The US President was taking questions from reporters when he made a series of comments when asked about Michael Flynn.
The president's aides and legal advisers have scrambled for 48 hours to explain a presidential tweet that raised the specter of obstruction.
A White House spokesman declined to answer whether Dowd dictated the tweet word-for-word to the White House director of social media, Dan Scavino, or whether Scavino, who has access to the @RealDonaldTrump account and its 44 million followers, put the sentiment into something resembling Trump's own voice.
Pence, who served as head of Trump's transition, has not publicly commented on Flynn's plea.