Republicans are starting to defy Trump on Russian Federation

But as Ryan Goodman, a law professor at New York University, pointed out in Politico: If taken together, Trump's alleged comments to Comey regarding his allegiance and Trump's alleged request that Comey drop the Flynn investigation, prior to Trump's dismissal of Comey, could help establish intent.

The White House downplayed the report, however, saying at no time did Trump ask or order Comey or any other law enforcement official to stop an investigation, including the Russian Federation probe.

In addition Mr Trump is facing pointed questions about his discussions with Russian diplomats during which he is reported to have disclosed classified information.

While Comey himself has remained silent on the issue and recently declined to testify before Congress, a "personal friend" of Comey recently added even more intrigue to the story with a series of mysterious tweets.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. Another said that US allies may have to prepare for the worst if Trump's predicament worsens. We would never have imagined we'd need him to come back so soon before the Congress.

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Mr Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama. Major U.S. stock indexes tumbled the most in eight months, while the CBOE Volatility Index jumped the most since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. "I call prosecutors every day and ask them to stop [messing] with my clients and that's not obstruction of justice".

Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity, " implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts.

Mr Trump has not directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Mr Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. "If he comes up and says, 'You know, I've known Flynn for a number of years and he's a great guy".

"You can't let them get you down". Most officials who get to the point of impeachment would rather resign a la Nixon than face a public trial in the Senate.

It followed the revelation Tuesday that fired FBI Director James Comey had written in a memo that Trump, in a February meeting in the Oval Office, had asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Flynn, a retired general, is one of a handful of Trump associates under scrutiny in intertwined federal investigations into their financial links to foreign governments and whether any of them helped Russian Federation interfere in the presidential election. We need to make sure that we find out whether these reports are true, what these memoranda say, if indeed there are memoranda of other conversations between the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the president that might reveal other improper conduct that sheds light on the president's motivations, because key to figuring out whether there was obstruction [of justice] is what the president's intent may have been.

Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) has invited former FBI Director James Comey to testify before the committee on Wednesday, May 24. Yet impeachment would not be without its own difficulties, Petalas said, because the House and Senate decide for themselves whether the standard is met.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The following day, The New York Times reported, Trump asked Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave a national security meeting so Trump could speak with Comey alone.

Rep. John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, this week complained about the "inaction" of Republicans on his committee.

  • Larry Hoffman