The New York Times report, which has also been carried by other media outlets, cites a memo written by Mr Comey documenting a meeting with Mr Trump in the Oval Office in February, which records that Mr Trump appears to ask the FBI director to drop the investigation into Mr Flynn.
Comey's dismissal sent shockwaves through Washington, with critics accusing the president of trying to thwart the FBI investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the United States election and any Moscow ties to Trump associates.
"It's not that we especially want to save Trump", Mr. Lukyanov adds, "but the growing fear is that any chance of improved US-Russia relations will be vaporized in this war against him". Not long after Comey put that exchange with Trump in writing and after the FBI director told lawmakers the investigation of Russian interference and possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was active, Comey was sacked.
Asked by reporters whether he thought the allegations against Trump were grounds for impeachment, Republican Representative Justin Amash said, "If the allegations are true, yes". It shows President Donald J. Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, second to the left, during a meeting at the White House.
Asked on his way out of the news conference whether he still retained confidence in Trump, Ryan replied: "I do". But a Democratic House would have more than enough material now to start the impeachment process - including the revelation of the request to Mr Comey. Rep. Jason Chaffetz said in a tweet Wednesday that he still hasn't spoken with Comey about testifying. "I'll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us". To date, no Republican has publicly voiced support for impeachment.
As the controversy swirled in Washington, Trump had defiant words during a speech to US Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT, complaining about media coverage and saying no politician in history "has been treated worse or more unfairly". "The Russian investigation is very, very important", Mr. Kasich said, recalling that he had always doubted Mr. Trump's ability to be President. "Don't give in, don't back down, and never stop doing what you know is right". "Things will work out just fine", Trump said in his commencement address on Wednesday.More news: Quiz the leaders: Join the audience for May v Corbyn
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We did see freshman Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., who has been tweeting up a storm, calling for a full investigation of Comey's firing and now the scandal reportedly involving Israeli intelligence we gave to Russian Federation.
The meeting took place February 14, one day after Flynn's resignation, according to The Times, which reported that Comey's memo was part of the then-FBI director's effort to create a paper trail.
It followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired Comey on May 9. What the agencies have yet to formally agree on, however, is whether Russian officials working for Putin were attacking the election to sway the vote in favor of Trump, or whether his campaign was involved in any form of collusion with a foreign network.
"Perhaps Putin thought that he could make a constructive step, maybe help Trump in this predicament", says Alexei Mukhin, director of the independent Center for Political Information in Moscow.
All these facts go to the motive, and that's crucial, he said.
The speaker said Congress has an oversight function, regardless of who is in the White House, and it will exercise that now.