US Senate panel demands Comey's memos and Trump's tapes as controversy escalates

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The following day, The New York Times reported, Trump asked Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave a national security meeting so Trump could speak with Comey alone.

The senators asked McGahn to provide the committee with "all White House records memorializing interactions with Mr. Comey relating to the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda".

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"There's a lot here that's really scary", Sasse said.

U.S. President Donald Trump's sharing of highly classified intelligence with Russian Federation could cause a problem with efforts to seek cooperation from allies in dealing with North Korea, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

Will this scandal lead to President Trump being removed from office?

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday formally invited fired FBI Director James Comey to testify, and asked FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe for any memos or other notes the FBI possesses from Comey about his communications with administration officials.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

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.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, said that he would like the Federal Bureau of Investigation to send over all records of communications between Mr Trump and Mr Comey - including those memos - within a week.

House Republican Justin Amash of MI said that it may have been an abuse of his office.

The White House vigorously denied it all. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgement".

"I think personally, I think we will hear more from my Republican colleagues", Warner said.

Senator John McCain says that the ongoing scandal surrounding Donald Trump isn't comparable to Watergate - it is developing much too fast for that.

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

When asked about the issue, Representative Justin Amash, of MI, said interfering in an FBI investigation into Mr Flynn could be the basis of such a case "if the allegations are true".

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president. Trump later fired Comey. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

Does this rise to the level of criminal obstruction of justice?

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