ACLU files open records request for Comey memo

Remigio Civitarese
Мая 20, 2017

If this were a criminal case you would have to prove bad intent, the attempt to deliberately obstruct and impede the investigation.

One way to mitigate the fallout might be to bring in someone from outside the Washington white-collar bar, such as a former USA attorney general or retired federal judge.

So you think there is a case for obstruction of justice?

First, Comey says the president asked for his loyalty.

Mr Comey has not entirely been exonerated - Trump supporters have been quick to question why it took three months for this information to emerge, and have also highlighted his response to the president when, according to his own memo, he appears to concur with Trump that Mr Flynn is a good guy.

"The problem is all of this stuff here at home is going to follow him overseas", said Sen. "It's not a two-foot putt, but is it a viable prosecution? Sure. But not against a president". Being impeached does not remove an official from office - rather, it means formal charges are being brought against them.

Nixon agreed. He told Haldeman and Ehrlichman to meet with Walters, a longtime Nixon loyalist whom the president had placed in the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor its director, Richard Helms, and give him the order to talk to Gray.

Eric Freedman, a Hofstra University law professor, has long believed that a president can be prosecuted while in office. "It's a disputed constitutional issue". We don't yet know enough. At some point it will be politically impossible not to open an investigation.

The House Judiciary Committee typically reviews resolutions calling for the impeachment of a person, while the Rules Committee presides over resolutions calling for investigations into whether certain conduct is impeachable.

"Once we have that information, we'll be better informed and see how we proceed from there", he said.

At issue is a note Comey wrote to himself describing a conversation with Trump on February 14, the day after Flynn was dismissed for having misled Vice President Mike Pence about a telephone conversation with Russia's ambassador.

Revelations that President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation before firing him have sparked a debate about whether or not Trump's actions were an obstruction of justice.

One reason for impeachment, the House said, was "endeavoring to misuse the Central Intelligence Agency, an agency of the United States".

Comey's response could also be an indication.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Wednesday with the FBI and Department of Justice in an effort to obtain a memo by fired FBI Director James Comey.

The memo itself would be "significant evidence", because Comey has a "sterling reputation for truthfulness", said Paul Charlton, another former federal prosecutor.

"I go back to when I was a high school basketball referee: You just have to tune out the noise", Curbelo said. And ample grounds for the White House staff to lawyer up. That means a Republican Party will not investigate a Republican president and the Democrats won't investigate a Democratic president. President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon in 1974 to spare him and the country from having to re-live the Watergate scandal in a historic trial of a former president.

Days before he left office, Clinton reached a deal with independent counsel Robert Ray that spared Clinton possible indictment after leaving office.

The White House has denied the allegation that Mr Trump had tried to influence Mr Comey.

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