Trump White House rocked by multiple bombshells as he leaves on long trip


Trump White House rocked by multiple bombshells as he leaves on long trip
  1. Trump White House rocked by multiple bombshells as he leaves on long trip
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    WASHINGTON — The president's plane had barely taken off for his first foreign trip when multiple political storms slammed into it Friday: One report in the New York Times, one in the Washington Post, another on CNN, and a press release from James Comey pointed at severe turbulence ahead for Donald Trump. Things have become bad enough that White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures, CNN reported. It was an apparent effort to prepare for the still-distant possibility th…
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WASHINGTON — The president's plane had barely taken off for his first foreign trip when multiple political storms slammed into it Friday: One report in the New York Times, one in the Washington Post, another on CNN, and a press release from James Comey pointed at severe turbulence ahead for Donald Trump.

Things have become bad enough that White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures, CNN reported. It was an apparent effort to prepare for the still-distant possibility they will need to defend the president from a move to oust him.

Air Force One had just left for a nine-day trip when trouble struck.

It started at 3 p.m. when the Times published its latest scoop: the president told Russians in an Oval Office meeting that the former FBI director, Comey, was a "nut job"; that he'd felt pressure over the Russia affair; and firing Comey eased that pressure.

A Democratic member of Congress, Ted Lieu, drew an instant conclusion about the implications, tweeting: "This. Is. Obstruction. Of. Justice."

Spokesman Sean Spicer did not dispute the facts of the report — only the interpretation. He told the Times that Trump was not talking about easing judicial pressure, but political pressure. He said the post-election scrutiny was making it hard to work with Russia.

Now Americans will hear from Comey.

In another news bomblet dropped on Friday afternoon, the turfed top-cop announced he will testify in an open hearing of the Senate intelligence committee at a date to be announced later this month. 

That comes as investigations into Russian election-meddling are mushrooming into a new area, according to members of Congress briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up. 

The investigation grew with the firing of the FBI director, according to lawmakers. The firing was followed by assertions that Trump tried dissuading the FBI boss from pressing an investigation into his first national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

The bad news didn't end there.

A couple of minutes after 3 p.m., the Washington Post followed up with a potentially even more problematic story: It said a current White House official had become a significant person of interest in the Russia-releated investigation, as the probe reaches into the highest levels of government.

"The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to (sources)," said the Post report, which added the FBI declined to comment.

Equally intriguing was the question of where these reports are coming from. The Times said its source was a U.S. official, reading from a document summarizing Trump's meeting last week with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador.

The timing is especially damaging. Trump is on a nine-day visit to the Middle East and Europe, his first foreign trip as president. Most top White House staff are travelling with him, leaving few senior officials back in Washington to defend the president.

The content and timing suggest Trump has some enemies inside the U.S. government.

One hot topic of conversation in Washington these days is whether conservatives in town are preparing to abet his downfall — weary of the Trump-related drama and longing for the comparative normalcy of a Mike Pence presidency.

Already, since the Comey firing, congressional committees controlled by the GOP have become more aggressive in seeking documents and witnesses, planting potential seeds for trouble to grow later.

"I think most of them are ready to flip," one Democratic congressional staffer said of his Republican colleagues this week. A Republican staffer concurred: "The tide seems to be changing in town, right?"

Both made the point that the slightest whiff of obstruction of justice, which grew more pungent with Comey's firing and in remarks thereafter, is more serious than talk of previous Trump controversies related…

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