His offer added a freakish twist to the furor over Trump's intelligence disclosures.
But now we have a new allegation: There may be memos to corroborate that Trump asked Comey to terminate the Flynn investigation. Comey, who was known to keep a paper trail of sensitive meetings, chronicled the president's request in a memo he produced soon after the conversation, according to a Comey associate who reviewed the document and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
Republican lawmakers have also shown signs of growing impatience with the Trump administration as pressure intensifies, woth some of them backing calls for a special prosecutor to intervene in the Russian Federation investigation.
It's a harsh but accurate assessment that should prompt members of Congress, especially those who were apoplectic about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information, to seriously consider the damage Trump is doing to America - and to put a stop to it.
His meeting with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak came a day after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the man leading an investigation into contentious links between members of the President's campaign team and Russia. As the White House careens from one scandal to another, Republicans on Capitol Hill have become increasingly frustrated with their party's leader, and in private, they say that are concerned that more serious revelations about wrongdoing by Trump will emerge. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".
Speaking to U.S. Coast Guard graduates today, president Donald Trump said that no politician in history had been treated worse than him.
Calls for his impeachment have grown over the last week after Mr Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, raising questions about the independence of the FBI's investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.
The Justice Department yesterday appointed former FBI chief Robert Mueller as the special counsel to oversee the investigation into the Russian interference in the last year's presidential elections.
The Constitution says a president can be impeached if he or she has committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors".
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".
John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late on Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale".
House Speaker Paul Ryan said his priority has been to ensure thorough and independent investigations are allowed to follow the facts wherever they may lead.
"There is plenty of oversight that is being done", Ryan said.
Under pressure to provide guarantees to Congress and the public that the Russian Federation probe will continue unhindered, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Robert Mueller - a widely respected figure who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the decade after the 9/11 attacks - to take over the reins.
A New York-born Vietnam war vet aged 72, Mueller has a reputation as a tough lawman who once even stood up to a president.
Monday night, even before news of the Comey memo broke, a Trump staffer told Daily Beast reporters, "Every time I feel like we're getting a handle on the last Russian Federation fiasco, a new one pops".
The official said aides are seeking to avoid a repeat of the critical coverage of White House statements in recent days. In January, Trump reportedly sought a pledge of loyalty from Comey and failed to obtain it.
Many rank-and-file Republicans are still marching faithfully behind the White House.
Still, many Republicans are not ready to fling themselves into opening new investigations into connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
"The committee has taken the investigation very seriously, and we are issuing subpoenas", said Collins.
According to an official familiar with details of last Wednesday's White House meeting, Trump bragged to the Russians that "I get great intel. I'll tell you in all honesty", said Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, where Trump won by more than 30 points. The week ended with a volley of tweets from the President, including one threatening to release possible secret recordings of his conversations with Comey. He used that phrase nine times in his briefing to reporters.
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