Chaffetz: House Officially Noticed Comey Hearing

But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript.

The latest political storm, coupled with the still-potent fallout from Trump's recent disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats at the White House, has overshadowed all else in the capital and beyond.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation. Comey has previously said he would only testify in an open session.

According to the Times story, which has now been confirmed by several other outlets, Comey's memos allege that the president once asked him to halt his investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser and campaign staffer who is suspected to have close ties with Russian Federation.

Democrats and a number of Republicans said they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

Yet despite the anxiety and displeasure voiced by McCain and a handful of other prominent GOP lawmakers, Republicans did not appear poised to abandon a president who remains critical to their goals of acting on health care and tax legislation.

Chaffetz, in his role as committee chairman, on Tuesday requested any "memoranda, notes, summaries and records referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the president".

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Senate Bill 1007, the "Tax Reform Act of 2017", was approved in the Senate by a largely partisan vote of 19-11. The Senate's language would have required the Green Mountain Care Board to convene a working group.

But if Comey had gone public in February, the defense from Republicans would have been that Trump just talks like that, and he wasn't trying to obstruct justice, and you shouldn't take him so literally.

According to the Times, Mr Comey wrote in the February memo that President Trump told him Gen Flynn had done nothing wrong.

The newspaper said Comey was in the Oval Office that day with other national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing.

Trump fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading vice president Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations previous year with Russia's ambassador. No Republicans, Baier said, were willing to go on camera and defend their president.

There is no suggestion Mr Trump committed a crime as he has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will.

Putin's cheeky proposal comes two days after the Washington Post broke the story that Trump had shared sensitive intelligence with Lavrov, as well as with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

McClatchy's D.C. bureau reported on Wednesday that Flynn advised his predecessor, Susan Rice, to "hold off" on a plan to use Kurdish forces in Syria in an offensive to capture ISIS's capital, Raqqa.

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