Republicans - Trump is a Republican, remember - have a 238-193 majority in the House.
- ABC News (@ABC) May 17, 2017REPORTER: Mr. Speaker, do you still have full confidence in the president?
At first his subordinates gave a justification for it that was completely unrelated with interfering with an ongoing proceeding, but then in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News, Trump basically said that they had all been lying and that the reason he did it was to wind up the Russian Federation investigation because he thought the Russian Federation investigation was a big fake.
That was an hour before The New York Times delivered the latest blow to Trump, reporting that the president asked former FBI director James Comey to close his investigation into former national-security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.
The successive blows have shifted - or more accurately expanded - the focus beyond the president.
We need to pursue this for the sake of the country, not the sake of a political party. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, expressed skepticism about memos attributed by several news outlets to James Comey and expressed his hope that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director would give testimony in "the light of day, in a public setting". Corker has been, generally, restrained in his criticism of the president. We have an obligation to carry out our oversight, regardless of which party is in the White House. They've run the gamut from sharing of sensitive national security information with Russian officials to the disclosure that his former national security adviser was being paid by Turkish interests when he made a key foreign policy decision.
Republicans desperately have wanted this to be a mutually beneficial relationship.
Even after endorsing him, Ryan pushed back on Trump's attack on the heritage of a Latino judge overseeing the lawsuit against Trump University, which Trump later settled. It's a question of what the President can stop doing.
Up to now, the calculus has been easy, if somewhat strained.
Ernst: arming Kurds in Syria 'an huge milestone'
News reports said Washington could provide Turkey with better intelligence sharing to boost Ankara's fight against the PKK. USA officials have said they are confident they can keep the YPG from taking over Raqqa, but Turkey is doubtful.
"They'll be talking impeachment on day two, after the first Trump executive order", conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh predicted a month before the Politico piece. On Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed his frustration in the way he often does, through understatement.
A veteran GOP lawmaker said Wednesday that if questions over President Trump's alleged improper influence on an FBI investigation come down to Trump's word versus that of former FBI director James Comey, that he would be inclined to believe Comey. When he flipped that flop Thursday, Trump said at a press conference he had had to act upon Rosenstein's advice, even as Rosenstein was at that time telling senators at a briefing across town that he knew when Trump asked for the memo that the president was going to fire Comey.
"In the meantime, for the rest of us who are not directly involved", McConnell told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday, "I think we to need to concentrate on what comes next".
"I have to say yes simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense, and I say it with sadness and reluctance", King said.
The Judiciary Committee also wants any recordings of meetings between Trump and Comey. Ever since, those in the establishment have grappled with the terms of what has been an uncomfortable bargain.
True to form, Breitbart is playing the "Russia can prove Trump didn't give classified intel" as its lead story. He has provided limited leadership on health care and limited leadership on taxes. He has offered guidelines but no detailed blueprints.
Initiating impeachment proceedings is reserved for the gravest abuses of power, including treason, bribery and the more open-to-interpretation offence of "high crimes and misdemeanours".
Nor has the president proved to be the master dealmaker that some had hoped. For the most part, he washed his hands of the effort to revive the bill, which barely proved successful.
"I'm not prepared to comment on the credibility of the White House". Republicans in the upper chamber, however, have shown little confidence in the bill and have signaled that they're starting from scratch with their own bill. As noted in a recent NPR story, the president has sacrificed the credibility of KellyAnne Conway, Sean Spicer, and others in the White House. All that also affects the legislative process. He called "this" the "greatest witch hunt of a politician in American political history".