House oversight chair seeks Comey memos on Trump

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Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment".

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", said the statement.

"The comments attributed to President Trump cross a risky line", Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce Brown said in a May 16 press release.

That report might have helped tip the scales in favor of naming a special counsel for the investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, which also came Wednesday.

Vladimir Putin has waded into the growing row surrounding US President Donald Trump and his links to Russian Federation. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen.

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

The president ignored shouted questions from reporters Wednesday as he left the White House to address a graduation ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT, where a complaint about media coverage was his only reference to the controversy swirling around him.

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He said he would release a record of the meeting to the US Congress if they requested it. Don't give in, don't back down. The New York Times, citing sources close to Comey, reported yesterday that Trump asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in an Oval Office meeting to drop its probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn, who ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days, is at the centre of a sprawling federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey. Chaffetz, a Republican, issued the letter following a request to do so in a more detailed letter [text, PDF] signed by the 33 Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and House Judiciary Committee.

John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr Trump did have the legal authority to fire Mr Comey, but there is a legal precedent for otherwise lawful acts to be considered an obstruction of justice if done with corrupt intentions, the New York Times reported.

To prepare for his trip, Trump has been meeting with briefers including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: "He's probably glad to leave town, and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days".

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