Ryan backs Trump, cautions against 'rush to judgment'


"The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has appropriately requested this memo".

Asked if he had confidence in Trump, Ryan said, "I do". As current and former federal prosecutors will say, "intent is key" and is often the most hard element to prove in an obstruction of justice case-but here Trump's remarks would surely go a long way to establishing intent.

Such specifics in the memos were reported Tuesday, May 17, by the New York Times.

"But everybody gets a fair trial in this country", Amash added as he left a House GOP conference meeting, The Hill reports. "The loyalty oath dinner, the request to squash the Flynn investigation and Comey's firing over Russian Federation all point to a President Trump who has no respect for the rule of law, and doesn't realize that he should not run the country the way he ran his businesses". Trump himself hasn't directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

The US President was speaking on the day he faced calls to be impeached over his handling of the sacking of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and his relationship with Russian Federation.

Second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin told reporters, "Each day, as this unfolds, this pattern of obstruction of justice grows". But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing. Congress is probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including any possible ties between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.

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Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, countered that Ryan and the Republicans had shown "zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

"Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

Trump said in a tweet Tuesday that he had "the absolute right" to share information and wanted to show good faith, so that the Russians would "greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism". When that ended, Trump asked everyone to leave except Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Flynn.

Green went on to explain that implementing the impeachment process does not, necessarily, mean the president would be found guilty. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters. Confidence in Trump's ability to strengthen the USA economy also took a hit, with the US dollar dropping to 0.89 of a euro.

The week began badly enough with the administration being forced to admit that Trump gave away classified intel during his Oval Office visit with Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the USA - and reputed Kremlin spy-master - Sergey Kislyak.