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Paul Ryan Calls For More Information On Comey Memo

Paul Ryan Calls For More Information On Comey Memo

Some commentators and political opponents are calling for Trump's impeachment.

House Speaker Paul Ryan aimed to keep the focus on policy Wednesday amid the latest explosive allegation against President Donald Trump.

After a conversation Comey had with Trump in February, a day after Flynn was ousted for what the White House said were misleading accounts of his conversations with Russia's U.S. ambassador, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director wrote a memo documenting the Oval Office meeting.

Amash has called for an independent commission to investigate Russia's role in the US election, making him just one of two Republicans to do so. Hours after Tuesday's report by The Times, there was a shift among congressional Republicans, who until now have resisted criticising Trump, or holding him accountable for all his actions.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. "The President must be impeached", he said. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

Some legal analysts have said Trump's possible pressure on Comey to end the Flynn probe and his decision to fire the FBI chief in the midst of the agency's investigation of the Russian Federation matter could amount to obstruction of justice, a charge that could be invoked in any attempt to impeach Trump and remove him from office.

But the prospect of those memos seeing the light of day has to be frightening for a White House that is already taking on water.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at USA politicians whipping up what he described as "anti-Russian sentiment" for being either "stupid" or "dangerous".

"Speaker Ryan has shown he has zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump", Cummings said.

That's because the notes will have been written before Trump fired Comey, and before Comey had an ax to grind.

"The last thing I'm going to do is pre-judge anything", the Wisconsin Republican said during a news conference at the Republican National Committee. Adversity makes you stronger. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) immediately said he's prepared to subpoena the memos that Comey reportedly wrote contemporaneously to document his interactions with Trump.

"I think we've seen this movie before", the Arizona Republican said at a dinner to receive the International Republican Institute's Freedom Award. John McCain said the scandals are escalating to near-Watergate proportions.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, says he is confident Congress will acquire the Comey memo and that he will come back and testify before lawmakers on just what unfolded between himself and Mr. Trump. But reporters haven't seen this memo. During his remarks he addressed accusations from FBI Director James Comey that he was asked to drop an investigation regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Some House Democrats have joined in as well in recent days following Trump's firing of Comey last week.


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