While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said.

The recent firing of former FBI Director James Comey set off a flurry of commentary comparing President Donald Trump to another hard-nosed Republican president - Richard Nixon.

"What is it that concerns you most about what we've learned in the last 24 or 48 hours and does it approach obstruction of justice?" "Any effort to stop the federal government from conducting an investigation, any effort to dissuade federal agents from proceeding with an investigation, is very serious and could be construed as obstruction of justice", said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) on CNN Tuesday night.

The New York Times first, then The Washington Post and other outlets have reported that Trump had asked Comey in a February meeting not to pursue the Flynn probe and instead go after journalists in leak cases. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". He is a good guy.

Central to them is the idea of intent or bad goal, or what Trump may have been thinking when he allegedly told Comey in February that "I hope you can let this go".

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday morning, he said the decision is a "position of conscience" for him, but it did not mean the President would be found guilty. A Comey associate read parts of a memo copy, which is unclassified, to a Times reporter.

"Paul Ryan on the impact of current White House crisis: "I don't worry about things that are outside of my control".

The White House has denied President Trump shared classified information and Trump tweeted he had the "absolute right" to discuss terrorism-related issues with Russian Federation.

Representative Trent Franks of Arizona said the party's agenda isn't in jeopardy and that an independent commission isn't needed to investigate the Russian Federation matter.

Cummings said the Government Reform and Oversight panel needs to subpoena documents for its Russian Federation probe and summon former FBI Director James Comey for a public hearing.

The news of the past two days about President Donald Trump has drawn one broad battle line: Journalists and their sources vs. the Trump administration.

(2) Tax cuts and/or other major items on the Republican agenda are finally achieved, or have been decisively proven to be hopeless.

WASHINGTON - As Donald Trump labeled himself the worst-treated president in USA history, congressional Republicans faced increasing pressure Wednesday to authorize an independent probe into a growing number of controversies involving the White House.

Mark Warner, D-Virginia, sent a letter Wednesday asking Comey to testify before the committee in both open and closed sessions.

Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for The New York Times and longtime critic of Trump, wrote that while Trump may not be guilty of the "high crimes and misdemeanours" necessary for impeachment, he had shown himself incapable of governing the US. "You have probably the last person that the president wants to vouch for him, vouching for him, and that's Vladimir Putin".

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said in a tweet Wednesday that he still hasn't spoken with Comey about testifying.

Later, the Senate judiciary committee whose subcommittee is also investigating Russian meddling into the U.S. election, requested that the FBI "provide all memos relating to former FBI Director Comey's interactions with his superiors in both the Trump and Obama administrations", according to a statement.

Trump came under fire earlier this week after it was revealed that he shared the sensitive intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.

  • Zachary Reyes