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Reps. McEachin, Connolly on Comey Memo: “Prima facie evidence of obstruction”; “Our very democracy in jeopardy”

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The following statements are in response to Notes made by former FBI director Comey say Trump pressured him to end Flynn probe and Trump Asked Comey to End Flynn Inquiry: Ex-F.B.I. Director Documented Request in February Memo. It is long past time for Congress to act. If not, we are in deep, deep, deep shit.

Rep. Donald McEachin:

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement in response to today’s reports that President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to halt the agency’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

“Daily, this president defies norms, endangers Americans’ safety, and puts our very democracy in jeopardy.

“Whether he is sharing highly classified information given to us by our close ally Israel with a mutual adversary, or acting to shut down an investigation into his campaign’s collusion with Russia that is apparently coming perilously close to finding hard truths, President Trump’s behavior is unacceptable and, frankly, dangerous.

“Our democracy depends on Americans, all Americans, respecting our Constitution and abiding by its precepts. President Trump does neither. As if that weren’t sufficient, he then risks our relationships with our allies, coddles our enemies, and endangers our standing in the global community.

“What will it take for my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to recognize that their silence puts our very democracy at risk? I call on them to rise above party and power to stand up for our shared values, ideals, and principles.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly Statement on Reports of Comey Memo

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on reports of former FBI Director Comey’s memo on his meeting with President Trump:

“The latest Trump revelation is prima facie evidence of obstruction. The time for a Special Prosecutor is immediate and urgent.”

  • old_redneck

    I’ll be VERY surprised if the Republicans start impeachment proceedings against Trump. In fact, I’ll be surprised if we get more than a cursory Congressional “investigation.”

    Why? Because . . .

    The Republicans need Trump because he’ll sign anything they put in front of him — Trumpcare; tax cuts for the wealthy; destroy EPA, CFPB, Dodd-Frank; restrict voting rights; the rest of the GOP policy agenda.

    The Republicans need Trump because their “base” loves him. While his overall approval is in the toilet, among Republicans, he’s around 80 percent approval. The base DOES NOT CARE about Russia, obstruction of justice, money laundering and the like. As long as he builds the wall, bans Muslims, puts reporters in jail . . .

    Finally, there’s the economy. Obama left the economy in good shape and, barring something unforeseen, it’s likely to remain so, maybe even improve. Who cares about Russia as long as you have a job and the dark-skinned people are on the run?

    • “The Republicans need Trump because he’ll sign anything they put in front of him”

      Wouldn’t Pence sign the same shit?

      “The Republicans need Trump because their ‘base’ loves him.”

      Agreed, but don’t they love Pence too?

      • True Blue

        “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States.” Wasn’t this advice in 2012 from Norquist?

        “The job of a presidential transition team is to recommend the right people to fill key appointments in the next presidential administration, including cabinet jobs and high-level White House staff.” ballotpedia

        So are we to just trust the transition leadership of Pence, Flynn, Sessions, Giuliani, Christie, Carson, and transition executive committee Bondi, Nunes, Mercer, Priebus, Bannon, Kushner and the Kids, et al.? How many conflicts of interest, lies under oath, pays to play, gaslights, and excuses do they own?

        I’m waiting for any GOP spines to stand up to Trump; wishful thinking?

        • “GOP spines” is an oxymoron, I fear…

          • True Blue

            Trump’s comprehension skills led him to a much different version of “intelligence sharing.”

  • Beyer Statement on Comey Memo

    May 17, 2017 (Washington, DC) – Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today on reports that Donald Trump asked James Comey to end the FBI’s criminal investigation of Michael Flynn:

    “Congress must seek answers and all available evidence of reports that Donald Trump dissuaded former FBI Director James Comey from pursuing an investigation into Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials. We also urgently need a special prosecutor to find the truth of the larger Trump-Russia story.

    What tapes of the exchange detailed in the Comey memo exist? Who at the Department of Justice, including AG Sessions, knew of the memo and possible obstruction attempt? What are the contents of the conversations with Donald Trump detailed in the other Comey memos which are reported to exist? These are questions we must ask, and the public has a right to the answers.

    If Donald Trump did indeed ask James Comey to “let” the Flynn investigation “go,” that would be a clear case of obstruction of justice. The FBI is not the President’s personal police force, and his reported request that the FBI “lock up” journalists should underscore the deep peril facing our democracy if he is allowed to treat it as such.”