Republican voices grow for independent Russian Federation probe

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"I think ill health will see him off first", USA politics pundit Scott Lucas of Birmingham University said. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of a House oversight panel, vows to get copies of any memos Comey wrote about meetings with Trump, tweeting: "I have my subpoena pen ready".

The White House on Wednesday disputed the account of the Trump-Comey conversation on Flynn, fired by Trump for concealing at least one conversation with the Russian ambassador.

Comey wrote in a memo shortly after the February 14 meeting that Trump told him, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the report said.

Following Comey's abrupt dismissal, Trump contradicted his communications staff on the reason for firing him and admitted it was partially because of how Comey was handling the Russian investigation, touching off obstruction of justices allegations.

But it is two sets of revelations over the last 24 hours - that the U.S. president shared classified information with Russian Federation and that he ordered former FBI chief James Comey to half its investigation into Mike Flynn, which has been denied by the White House, that may bring the 45th USA presidency into new territory.

November 6: Trump criticizes Comey's second letter to Congress, saying Clinton was being protected by a "rigged system" and pronouncing her "guilty", despite the FBI's conclusion that criminal charges were unwarranted.

But she said the two scandals stemmed from the same problem - Mr Trump's lack of political experience.

"Comey had the foresight to write that email and then, when he left the DOJ, to print it out an 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. "We have to ask ourselves what is the right thing to do and then do it".

It's far too soon to make a definitive judgment about whether any laws have been broken in connection with the president's contacts with James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired a week ago.

The commotion around Trump's statements on Flynn has somewhat obscured his no less chilling request that Comey jail journalists for publishing information based on leaks - something that has never happened in the history of this country.

The Trump administration is scrambling to contain the fallout from Trump's unexpected firing of Comey last week.

Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed.

Hours after a news report that President Trump had asked the FBI director to back away from an investigation, Democrats seized on the information to accuse the White House of a serious crime.

"We must continue to follow the facts wherever they lead so that we can get to the bottom of this", he said.

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan however said it was crucial to let investigations run their course before rushing to judgment. When asked if he trusted Comey's word over Trump's, he replied: "I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey". The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

The claims of White House involvement in the Watergate cover-up remained there until July 1974, when, after a year-long battle for access to the tapes Nixon recorded of his conversations resulted in the release of the June 23, 1972, "smoking gun" tape of the conversation between Haldeman and Nixon in which the president signed off on having the Central Intelligence Agency block the investigation.

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