Trump reportedly asked Comey to consider imprisoning members of the press

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But O'Sullivan said it was not realistic to expect the Trump administration's justice department to charge the sitting President. "Americans deserve the opportunity to learn the truth", Knight said.

President Donald Trump flatly denied Thursday that he ever urged ex-FBI Director James Comey to back off or close the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

"In order for the committee to fully assess these allegations, we are also asking that the White House please provide the committee all White House records memorializing interactions with Mr. Comey relating to the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda", reads one of the letters from Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen.

According to an Federal Bureau of Investigation official and another government official, Trump feels that he "owes" Flynn for forcing him to resign, and that the president is determined to rectify his former national security adviser's current legal predicament.

This news fire hose, a result of errors forced and unforced for Trump, can have consequences - for the president, for his party and the country. The president's anger contrasted with a more measured written statement released by the White House on Wednesday evening, when Trump declared that a thorough investigation would find "no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

It's a striking position for McClintock, of Elk Grove, given that he represents a solidly red congressional district where Trump trounced Democrat Hillary Clinton by 15 percentage points in the November presidential election.

But Trump defended his highly unusual move the next day, tweeting that he had the right to share information pertaining to terrorism and airline safety with Russian officials, and that he wanted to do so because of "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

The Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol as well as Wall Street.

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Trump fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading vice president Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations past year with Russia's ambassador.

Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, named Mueller amid mounting pressure in Congress for an independent investigation beyond existing FBI and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue. The two things are not at odds, HR McMaster, the president's National Security Adviser, told me.

"I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country".

"I'm not going to sit here and prejudge this thing", Graves said. Law enforcement officials tell NBC that Manafort and Flynn "are formally considered "subjects" of a criminal investigation".

"You know the biggest problem for Republicans is not the firing of James Comey", Feehery said.

"And he said that ever since, the President had been trying to be chummy in a fashion that Comey felt was created to absorb him into Trump's world - to make him part of the team". Trump later said he had already chose to dismiss him and was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing". That's according to the panel's chairman, Republican Sen.

Addressing that controversy today, Mr Trump suggested Mr Comey had been fired because he was "unpopular".

A number of Democratic lawmakers made less direct threats, saying if what has been reported is true it is obstruction of justice.

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