"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the New York Times reported Trump said, citing the Comey memo. In addition Trump is facing pointed questions about his discussions with Russian diplomats during which he is reported to have disclosed classified information. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts".
A combination photo shows US President Donald Trump (left), White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (centre) and FBI Director James Comey.
A pair of Senate committees, meanwhile, wants more information about Comey's interaction with President Trump.
But it's getting harder and harder for Republicans to use that caveat, especially now that Comey has crossed the battle lines - and apparently has proof to back up that Trump acted improperly.
Interest is hardly limited to the U.S.in the continuing, and occasionally surreal, scandals hitting the new president who has yet to hit his four-month mark in office.
Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister, Putin said on Wednesday Moscow initially found debates about Russia's meddling in USA politics as "funny" but said Moscow is now "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next".
The White House disputed the account of the Comey memo.
Ryan said lawmakers want to hear from Comey about "why he didn't take action at the time" if his allegation that Trump asked him to stop investigating Flynn is true.
The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation".
"There's clearly a lot of politics being played", House Speaker Paul Ryan said. "But I suppose it's going to continue, so we'll have to get used to it".
Amash has also signed on as a co-sponsor of a piece of legislation written by Democrats calling for an independent investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, though on Wednesday, Amash refused to vote in favor of forcing a floor vote on that measure without the required number of signatures.
Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, said, "At this point, I have not seen anything that is that alarming".
Rep. Jason Chaffetz said in a tweet Wednesday that he still hasn't spoken with Comey about testifying.
"I look forward to this matter concluding quickly", the president said.
But no one should be surprised Amash would be the first Republican to raise this as a possibility.
"Regardless of whether or not the State of Israel publicly confirms these reports, the underlying issue at hand is that the reckless disclosure has the potential to undermine our intelligence relations with all of our allies", said the letter from Rosen, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. His offer added a freakish twist to the furor over Trump's intelligence disclosures.
"We need to have immediate classified briefings on what occurred at this meeting so that Congress can at least know as much as Russian leaders", she said in a statement. He didn't specifically call for Comey to testify but said legislators "need the facts". The aggressiveness with which libertarians check Trump's overreach, at home and overseas, will correlate with the movement's credibility, and popularity, if Republican voters turn against the president's policies. Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, said Trump is still positioned to bring needed change to Washington.
"I don't worry about things that are outside of my control", Ryan said.
Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated their demands for a special prosecutor.
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