Graham calls on Comey to testify, doesn't want 'trial by newspaper'

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".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Trump had not passed on any secrets to Lavrov. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Comey", said a White House official.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-Va.) struck a bipartisan tone on Wednesday in their request for "any notes or memorandum" regarding communication between Comey and White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election.

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, says he wants to see more details, but he believes "this is another example of whatever Trump does gets the worst possible spin".

"We need to punish the Americans, it's possible, so that we don't put Trump in a position where he is again tempted, we need to abstain from transferring information to him, or to only give him partial information so that he can't endanger any source", Yatom, who headed the spy agency from 1999 to 2001, told Israeli radio.

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive" and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice". The letter was released just hours after it was disclosed that Comey wrote in a memo that Trump had asked him to shut down a federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

And lawmakers have alleged that the sudden sacking was an attempt to stifle the bureau's investigation into Trump associates' ties to Russia's meddling in the campaign. The committee's top Republicans and Democrats asked for all memos created by Comey related to his interactions with not only Trump, but also past presidents and Justice department officials. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

Lawmakers won't be the only ones seeking Comey's memos.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

  • Zachary Reyes