Trump faces deepest crisis of presidency with Comey memo

Trump faces deepest crisis of presidency with Comey memo

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment". In January, Trump reportedly sought a pledge of loyalty from Comey and failed to obtain it.

Also Wednesday, in an extraordinary turn of events, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trump's discussions with the diplomats. "We don't have to wait for a president; in fact a lot of people in Congress get irritated when presidents interfere". Reports that this information was provided by a USA ally and shared without its knowledge sends a troubling signal to America's allies and partners around the world and may impair their willingness to share intelligence with us in the future.

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

The Senate Intelligence Committee said on May 17 that it has asked Comey to testify and also has asked his replacement, Andrew McCabe, to turn over any notes or memos about communication between the White House and the Justice Department about the Russian Federation investigation.

The president ignored shouted questions from reporters Wednesday as he left the White House to address a graduation ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT, where a complaint about media coverage was his only reference to the controversy swirling around him. Don't give in, don't back down.

Stock markets tumbled, the dollar's value sank and anxious Republicans wondered what else could go wrong Wednesday as President Donald Trump faced congressional inquiries into allegations he tried to derail an FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and disclosed classified intelligence to Russian Federation. Hosko expressed skepticism, however, that Trump's request to "go easy" on the Flynn probe would rise to the level of obstruction of justice.

Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.

Representative Barbara Comstock of Virginia, whose district is home to large numbers of Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA employees, said Trump's disclosure of classified intelligence to the Russians is "highly troubling". An administration official said the White House is trying a new lower-profile approach.

The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Comey had the foresight to write that email and then, when he left the DOJ, to print it out and put in into the file and hold onto it until four years later, when The New York Times went to write about his", said Miller. "This is their time to shine, to show Americans and the world that the White House isn't becoming a circus of errors".

Trump himself hasn't directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

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