Trump Faces Fallout Over Comey Appeal, Intelligence Sharing

Trump Faces Fallout Over Comey Appeal, Intelligence Sharing

And for a president who issued a pretty outlandish threat last week, it's a remarkable turn of events.

Russian president Vladimir Putin offered on Wednesday to release notes of Donald Trump's discussions with Russian diplomats last week during which the USA president is accused of revealing classified information. John Thune, R-S.D., joined by Sen.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mr Trump did not pass over secrets and dismissed the scandal as "political schizophrenia".

The Times pointed to that famous incident back during the George W. Bush administration when Comey testified that there had been a race to reach the bedside of an ill Attorney General John Ashcroft as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and senior White House officials fought over warrantless wiretapping. The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The White House quickly denied the report, saying in a statement it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr Comey".

Many Republicans agree that they should take a wait-and-see approach. "We need to move beyond the hyperventilated pronouncements of criminal conduct or impeachable offenses based on this memo". "I'm a person who wants to get the facts". "So there are a lot of unanswered questions".

"I feel like running down the hallway with a fire extinguisher", said one White House adviser who asked not to be named.

UPDATE: Comey has been invited by the Oversight Committee to testify next Wednesday, May 24. "I don't have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next eight years".

"What else will the people generating such drivel and nonsense think of next?" he said.

'The idea that the leader of an adversarial nation could be in a position to offer clarity on a scandal involving the US President tells you everything you need to know about how extraordinary this moment is'. His comments were reported by The Daily Beast.

Other Republicans are downplaying the situation. Several came to his defense and sought to close ranks.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they wanted to see the memo.

The Congressman said that his call for impeachment is a position of conscience for him and asked the American people to speak up.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia said he and the majority of House Republicans remain behind the president and his voters "definitely" do.

Through the growing scandal surrounding President Trump, the Russian Federation investigation, and fired FBI Director James Comey, Republicans have remained mostly silent.

During recess, Ryan made some public appearances and did an interview last Wednesday with Fox News, in which he largely defended Trump's decision to let go of Comey.

"This is going to play out on a political level and a potential criminal trial level, while a sitting president is not going to be hauled into a criminal court an impeachment proceeding will certainly look to see if he has violated a criminal statute and that raises a real question, do we have evidence of an obstruction of justice?"

Zeidenberg helped prosecute I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former vice president Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Libby was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice in the US investigation of an intelligence agent's leaked identity.