Comey crisis could bedevil Trump on health care, tax reform

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File / by Michael Mathes | The shock dismissal of FBI director James Comey (R) by President Donald Trump and the White House’s bungling of the aftermath has triggered distress on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Republicans struggling to pass a health care overhaul and tax reform this year have seen their path narrow, as Congress reels from fallout over President Donald Trump’s firing of his FBI director.

The shock dismissal of James Comey — and the White House’s bungling of the aftermath — has triggered distress on Capitol Hill, with Democrats and Republicans increasingly preoccupied with how Trump’s action affects investigations into his team’s possible collusion with Russia.

The resulting chaos has antagonized some moderate Republicans, who had hoped to move on from the cycles of controversy that have marked the administration’s first four months and forge consensus on legislative priorities.

Trump campaigned heavily on pledges to…

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