Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said around midday Tuesday that he'd spent the morning trying to get someone at the White House to call him and explain what had actually happened. Image taken on May 17, 2017 and used per Creative Commons 2.0 license. Even as Trump has admitted to astonishing chunks of the stories -- that Russia was on his mind when he fired Comey, and that he did share intelligence information with his Russian guests -- the president's aides maintain that he did nothing inappropriate in his handling of Flynn, Comey or intelligence secrets.
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. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Warner would not say if Comey had accepted the committee's invitation - sent Wednesday - but said he was confident Comey will appear.
Firing FBI Director James Comey is already coming back to haunt President Donald Trump.
Ryan said one of the questions Congress will have for Comey is: "Why didn't he take action at the time?".
President Trump was defiant Wednesday while speaking at the U.S.
Democrats and a number of Republicans said they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.
"This is very new for me to say it, I've been saying let's let the House and Senate committees work their will", he said on MSNBC Wednesday. Adversity makes you stronger.
"If this is true, it is disconcerting and it opens up a new chapter of scandal and controversy in this country", Curbelo told NBC News Tuesday of reports that President Doanld Trump urged Comey to drop his investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
He also said that "there has been no effort [by the White House] to impede our investigation to date".
He said he would release a record of the meeting to the US Congress if they requested it.
Asked if he still has full confidence in the president, Ryan said, "I do".
The Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation, something that might constitute obstruction of justice and could potentially be invoked in an attempt to impeach Trump.
A USA administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel, which was initially reported by the New York Times.
The White House vigorously denied it all. But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House.
The Russia story has already claimed one victim - Mr Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was sacked after misleading the government over his meetings with Mr Kislyak. Lindsey Graham says President Donald Trump's trip to the Middle East and Europe comes at a good time.
"The president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", it said. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.
The committee's letter to the FBI asks the agency to hand over the Comey memo if it exists, as well as other documents "memorializing interactions he had with Presidents Trump and Obama, Attorneys General Sessions and Lynch, and Deputy Attorneys General Rosenstein, Boente, and Yates regarding the investigations of Trump associates' alleged connections with Russian Federation or the Clinton email investigation".
"The American people deserve to know the truth", she said, adding it is imperative to restore the public's trust.