Embattled White House lurches from crisis to crisis

White House aides are right to decry the leaks behind the extraordinary revelations.

Ryan essentially echoed this message in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans earlier Wednesday morning.

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But while some Democrats, and Trump's opponents in general, might be clamoring for an impeachment, it isn't as simple as Democrats deciding they don't like him.

Amash reiterated that he thinks Congress needs to establish an independent commission to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election and has signed onto Democratic-sponsored legislation that would do just that. At that point, the White House would basically have to argue that Comey created a fictitious paper trail without a clear motivation.

The New York Times reported the existence and partial content of a memo written by Comey, who was sacked last week by Trump, detailing a conversation between the president and his then Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"A lot of times he's the victim of not being a career politician", Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said of Trump. That means Democrats would need to persuade 25 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump, which doesn't seem likely.

"We should take our oversight responsibilities seriously regardless of who is in power", Ryan said, according to a GOP source in the closed-door meeting. And please let us know if you are happy to be contacted by a BBC reporter.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister, Putin said on Wednesday Moscow initially found debates about Russia's meddling in US politics as "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".

Putin dismissed the US politicians, whom he did not identify, as either being "stupid" or "dangerous and unscrupulous" who are wittingly "causing the damage to their own country". Trump has separately defended his firing of Comey and his sharing of information with Russian officials.

McCain has been one of few Republicans who have been critical of Trump, pushing back on the billionaire's unsubstantiated claims about wiretapping by Obama, attacking his world view and brand of nationalism, and expressing support for an independent investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation during the campaign.

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

Putin joked that that he would reprimand Lavrov because "he hasn't shared those secrets with us".

Senate Republicans learned during the day that the president last week shared classified information, reportedly gathered by Israel, with visiting Russian officials. "The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

"There is an FBI investigation going on right now with all things related to Russian Federation, done by the career professionals at the FBI who are going to continue to be career professionals".

Republican Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) told reporters Wednesday that if allegations in a New York Times report stating Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, then the president could face impeachment.

After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching".

It turns out Comey has his own records of those conversations. The close quarters and long flights could fuel tensions with the President, even as it tests a camaraderie among the staff that aides say has been developing with the whiplash of recent events.

  • Leroy Wright