Republican voices grow for independent Russian Federation probe

In perhaps the most famous presidential scandal in US history, the president wasn't impeached.

But senior Republicans who'd started the week deflecting concerns about Trump's mishandling of intelligence sought a sober reaction to the latest revelation - that Trump allegedly attempted to kill the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was also fired by Trump after she refused to defend his travel ban, testified last week before Congress that she had told the White House more than two weeks before Flynn was asked to resign that he had been "compromised with respect to the Russians" because he had misled Pence.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan insisted that Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, were not seeing their legislative agenda mired, but the controversy enveloped Washington. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts".

"There is a new story and a new headline every day", said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who sits on the Oversight Committee.

Reacting to the appointment of a special counsel to probe his campaign's ties with Russia, US President Donald Trump today said a thorough investigation will prove that no such collusion took place. His opponents say he's unfit for office, but that's a judgment call, not a standard by which presidents can be impeached.

The newspaper reported on Monday that Mr Trump had revealed sensitive information, possibly endangering a source when he met with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week.

As Trump himself said in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, the President had made the decision to fire Comey before May 9. "Zero", Trump said during the press conference.

Meanwhile in the Senate, leaders of the Senate's intelligence committee have asked former FBI Director James Comey - whose firing by Trump and alleged written memo saying Trump told him to stop a federal investigation are adding to White House chaos - to testify.

On Capitol Hill, some Republicans have begun siding with the many Democrats demanding an independent investigation into the Trump team's possible connections with Moscow.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, sent a letter Tuesday evening to McCabe requesting all "memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating" to communications between Comey and Trump.

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"We are all in this together", he said.

On Tuesday, Chaffetz said he had his "subpoena pen ready" if legal action is necessary to force the release of Comey's memos.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has called for "less drama" from the White House. Sen.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the memo.

Mr Trump fired Mr Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

"If these reports are true, the President's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy".

The US Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team and Russian Federation.

If Republicans pull off victories in upcoming special House elections in Georgia, Montana and SC, they'll likely be even more encouraged to stay the course with Trump.

And this makes possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation all the more believable - as if the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was directing an investigation into those ties, hadn't already taken us there.

The Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have also requested similar records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I'd be leaning more toward cancellation if I thought it likely the tumult Trump keeps unleashing were going to settle down rather than continue unabated", said Kori Schake, a former official in the George W. Bush State Department who has also co-authored a book with Mattis.

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