Consternation on Capitol Hill over Trump's Russian Federation meeting

"We have learned, if the reporting is accurate, that the president is willing to directly interfere with an active investigation", Schumer said.

"While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General (Michael) Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", the White House said, adding, "The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

The Kentucky Republican had said initially that investigations by the Senate intelligence panel and the FBI were sufficient.

Vox's Matt Yglesias wrote Tuesday night about the signs that the Republican wall around Trump and Russian Federation was showing signs of cracking. Sen.

Some have said that if the report were true, it would constitute obstruction of justice and possibly provide grounds for impeachment, but the president has strongly denied the allegation.

Lawmakers won't be the only ones seeking Comey's memos. The letter is expected Tuesday night. "But I'm happy to subpoena them, which I can do unilaterally", the congressman said.

House Intelligence Committee vice chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Congress needs to see any documents created by Comey. Trump later fired Comey.

US President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey.

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"I don't think very many people take that very seriously", he said Wednesday, according to The Washington Examiner.

The person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The New York Times first reported and Comey has since confirmed he wrote memos detailing his perceptions of meetings with the president.

The FBI declined to comment Tuesday.

Ryan insisted Congress will exercise its oversight role and gather more information before reaching any conclusions about the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as reports Trump shared sensitive information with the Russians and urged Comey to drop an investigation of a former adviser. That's when, Comey later wrote, the president had asked him to ease off Flynn. Trump, in interviews, has complained that Comey was "a showboat" and that new leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was needed badly.

Mr Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Ambassador to Russia Sergei Kislyak, at the White House, just one day after he fired Mr Comey.

The meeting took place on February 14, one day after Flynn resigned, according to The Times, which reported that Comey's memo was part of his effort to create a paper trail. If he and Jones are willing to break with the White House on the subject of the Russian Federation investigation and join the Democrats calling for impeachment, then it is not impossible that other Republicans will, too.

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