Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

US Senate Intelligence committee wants more information from Comey

As Ryan was walking out of the news conference, he was asked is he still has confidence in the president. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts".

United States president Donald Trump has accused the media of unfairly targeting him and has vowed to continue his agenda as president, in his first public comments following reports that he asked FBI director James Comey to halt an investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn. The details of Comey's notes of the meeting were first reported by the New York Times.

Earlier on Wednesday, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger became one of the most high-profile Republicans to join the call for an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate possible Trump ties to Russian Federation. It's hard not to presume that Comey has notes about this meeting, too.

13News Now spoke with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The recent developments surrounding Donald Trump have reached "a point where it's of Watergate size and scale", according to Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Ryan added. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

Interfering with a federal investigation might constitute obstruction of justice and could potentially be invoked in any attempt to impeach Trump.

Republicans in Congress are trying to project a business-as-usual approach amid the chaos. "So there are a lot of unanswered questions".

Chasing tweets and scandals take them away from what they were elected to do, he said. You can't let them get you down. "Move on to tax reform. I think that with Paul, we'll just keep moving forward".

"Speaker Ryan has shown that he has zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation into President Trump".

Trump camp denies pressing Comey on Flynn
Asked by a reporter how Congress can help keep the White House focused on the legislative issues at hand, Sen. The person said the objective of the memos was to keep a record of encounters Comey found odd or troubling.

Issa later denied the incident occurred and said he only ignored her question because he was on his way to a vote. "The president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", the White House said in a statement to the Times. Comey then purportedly wrote down the conversation in a memo.

Cutting through the silence, though, is one Republican Congressman who proclaimed on Wednesday that if the newly revealed Comey memo is proven true, he would support the impeachment of Donald Trump. "It's a bit premature to be talking about impeachment", he said in an interview.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister on Wednesday, Putin said he had "no other explanation" as to why Trump came under attack other than "political schizophrenia".

"I think people in America turn on the TV, and they think this is all that's happening, this is all we're doing, this is all we're discussing".

Some Republicans continue to stand by their president.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", Trump said.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism.

"That's obviously a very powerful piece of evidence".

Despite the denial, the latest allegation immediately feeds fresh fuel to the flames that have been grilling the White House since Trump's firing of Comey last week, distracting his agenda while plunging his administration into a fast accumulating credibility crisis.

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