US lawmakers want to see Comey memo on Trump meeting

Trump "has never asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn" and the description in the purported memo "is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Comey", the White House said in an e-mailed statement.

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive" and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice".

Congressional investigators are expected to seek copies of any notes taken during the meeting, a congressional source said.

Article II of the Constitution provides for removal of the President from office "on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors".

Recent U.S. data, which includes softer-than-expected retail sales and inflation, has raised concern about the strength of consumer sentiment.

"He simply stated a fact". His administration is already reeling in the face of criticism over his firing of Mr Comey a week ago and a report Monday that Mr Trump revealed sensitive and highly classified intelligence to two senior Russian officials.

Republican senators were, however, starting to lose patience with President Trump.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., emphatically said he's not commenting on news stories anymore.

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Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to defend his actions.

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump tweeted.

When the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, President Barack Obama notably said in an interview with Fox News, "I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America's national security".

Islamic State, or ISIS, holds territory in Iraq and Syria and is a common foe of Moscow and Washington.

Now, whether you choose to ignore the glaring evidence pointing toward guilt or explain it away with sub-mental theorizing about witch hunts, no one actually knows if Donald Trump or the dozen or so of his campaign staffers are actually guilty of anything beyond hubris and, well, stupidly, but one thing is for certain, through his erratic tweeting and haphazard reactions to all of it the president sure thinks he's guilty of something.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Trump did not know the source of the information he disclosed to the Russians.

Pelosi said the Democrats will file a discharge petition to demand a vote on the bipartisan bill to establish an independent, outside commission to investigate the president's ties with Russian Federation. "That President Trump seems wholly indifferent to this principle, or the potentially devastating consequences of its demise, is the real scandal here".

In theory, yes. Such statutes were broadly drafted.Ms Julie O'Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches white-collar criminal law at Georgetown University, said the power relationship between a president and the FBI director could elevate a request to shut down a case into an act that amounts to impeding an official investigation.

Comedian John Oliver, host of the HBO show "Last Week Tonight"
Oliver ripped Trump over both his decision to fire Comey and the subsequent explanations of his decisions. Obviously there are the investigations that are now ongoing.

"If the White House has been saying all day that this never happened, then I think they should come forth with whatever evidence that they have, whether it's tapes or notes made by someone at the White House, to contradict this", King said.

"Something's not happening day after day".

Flynn has been at the centre of that investigation shortly after Trump's arrival to the White House.

The yen jumped 0.4% to ¥112.69 to the dollar in early trading in Tokyo. Lower-than-expected US housing data also dampened the dollar.

Controversy over Russian Federation has also laid bare sharp divisions between the White House and US intelligence agencies, which concluded in January that Russian Federation had tried to influence the election in Trump's favor.

Farenthold says Comey would have been duty-bound to report to the Justice Department any command to stop the investigation.

Trump departs on Friday for his first overseas trip as president, traveling to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium on visits that will test his foreign policy skills. But they came to despise Comey for his leading man role in a later drama, the probe into Hillary Clinton's email server.

Timeless Renewed for Season Two! NBC Reverses Cancellation Decision
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