A memo detailing President Donald Trump's request to shut down an FBI investigation of his ousted national security adviser is a powerful piece of evidence that could be used to build an obstruction of justice case against him. The FBI and congressional committees are investigating Russian meddling in the USA election and possible ties to Trump's campaign.
Also Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent letters to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and White House requesting any memos that may exist recording communications between Comey and Trump.
Nancy Pelosi, the former Democratic leader of the Senate, has said that Mr Trump's behaviour is "at best, a grave abuse of executive power".
"As long as this continues it is hard to stand behind him", he said. Trump had already admitted that he had the Russian Federation investigation on his mind when he fired Comey last week. They would also need to swing 19 Republican senators. He said Trump is still positioned to bring needed change to Washington.
Chaffetz said he doesn't know if the memo exists, but he is taking the news report seriously.
Meanwhile, Trump said that he had the right to share "facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety" during his meeting with Russian officials in the White House last week. Putin made light of the matter at a news conference in Russian Federation, saying Moscow was ready to hand a transcript of the meeting to USA lawmakers if that would help reassure them.
Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".
The turmoil spilled into financial markets.
S&P 500 futures were down 0.54%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell 0.52%, and Nasdaq futures slid 0.57%.
The turmoil spilled into financial markets as USA stocks fell the most since March, measures of volatility spiked higher and Treasuries rallied with gold.
The Senate Intelligence Committee asked Comey to testify before the panel in public and in private.
Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters.
John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".
Comey hasn't officially accepted the invitation, "but wants to testify publicly as soon as he can", one person who has spoken to Comey said.
"We'll just continue to do what we're doing,"said Representative Gus Bilirakis of Florida".
"The president is the commander in chief, he decides what is ultimately classified information and what is not, and we all make mistakes obviously, but I think most of us believe that the president in terms of our national security interests is going to put America first", said Sen.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump said to Comey, according to the source who read the memo.
Momentum for independent action is growing rapidly in Congress, though usually in Republican-held districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won previous year. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., followed by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., chair of the Republican Conference, finishes a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Ma.
The number of leaks coming from the White House was astonishing, he said. "But everybody in this country gets a fair trial, including the president or anyone else".
"The American people deserve to know the truth", she said.
An increasing number of Republicans say an outside probe of Trump and Russian Federation is needed. McCabe has replaced Comey, who was sacked last week by Trump.
"The President is in dire need of a criminal defense lawyer and a congressional investigations lawyer immediately", said former prosecutor Kirby Behre of Miller & Chevalier in an email.
Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated their demands for a special prosecutor.
This memo appears to be the strongest evidence yet that Trump sought to interfere with a federal investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation, and in the process perhaps committed obstruction of justice - an offense for which he could face impeachment. Trump added that the federal investigation into Russian Federation played a role in his decision, saying, "When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".
But he acknowledged that "it would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".
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