Trump says never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn

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Grassley said that documents the FBI provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November included an earlier draft of Comey's exoneration statement from May 2016, which stated: "There is evidence to support a conclusion that Secretary Clinton, and others, used the private email server in a manner that was grossly negligent with respect to the handling of classified material".

"After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!" That's nearly as bad as Benghazi and Hillary's plotted overthrow of Gadaffie that left Libya in ISIS hands; or, the smuggling of arms to ISIS in Iraq and the "rules of engagement" that all but neutralized our troops on the battlefield. "If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the FBI, not just reported it to my executive producer", he said.

Pinning down potential witnesses As for Manafort and Gates, by going after them on significant crimes only obliquely related to the focus of his probe-including laundering some $75 million-Mueller has in effect pinned them down for possible future use as witnesses. He could have avoided that by just focsuing on Strzok and Comey by name.

In this case, Dowd said Trump "had every right to express his 'hopes' for Flynn".

Even before the latest bombshell, former US attorney Andrew McCarthy was already warning about the credibility of Mueller's investigation, which he said "started out as a fishing expedition". But is that what President Trump was deliberately doing with his tweets?

Fox News' Jake Gibson, James Rosen and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump also latched onto news that Peter Strzok - the former top FBI official assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election - was taken off that job this summer after his bosses discovered that he and another member of Mueller's team had exchanged politically charged texts disparaging Trump and supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dowd's interview reverberated through Washington a day after veteran Democratic Sen.

Dowd also argued on Sunday that Trump could not commit the crime of obstruction of justice because "he's the chief law enforcement officer of the U.S". "I've been consistent in saying that Robert Mueller will run a credible investigation and I'm confident he will follow the case wherever it leads".

Judges have ruled that conduct that would otherwise be legal can become obstruction of justice if it is done for an improper purpose. When that happens, the real story's will come out and there can't be enough paper or ink to record 'em all.

"General Flynn, obviously, not a minor character here". This would be in addition to the more than the 1,100 MinuteClinic walk-in clinics that CVS currently has.

Nothing much surrounding President Trump's latest frenetic Twitter storm is especially shocking.

"I think it's a shame", Trump said of Flynn's situation, adding that it's "very unfair" and that Flynn had "led a very strong life". Time will tell, but it doesn't look good for the supposedly 'non-partisan' Mueller investigative team.

The idea that a President cannot obstruct justice may be a workable legal argument to contend with any future criminal action against Trump.

"That's a strange interpretation of the Constitution", said Flake, who has said he won't run for re-election in 2018. Dowd said he stood by his version of events.

With questions raised by the tweet, Trump associates tried to put distance between the president and the tweet. "That's it, pure and simple".

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