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Kind said he had "real questions" as to why Comey did not report an attempt to be intimidated.

The White House was already on the defensive over the president's firing of Comey a week ago and over a report Monday that Trump disclosed sensitive intelligence to Russian officials.

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Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

Speaking during a commencement ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on May 17, Trump said that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". "You can weigh in at impeachdonaldtrumpnow.com", Green said. Don't give in, don't back down. Multiple people in the Obama administration, including the president himself, warned the Trump team about Flynn and his vulnerability to Russian blackmail.

But the Trump-Comey Oval Office encounter, however Comey took it at the time, becomes even more sinister in light of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's firing.

House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz, a senior Republican, said the memo and related documents "raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation". Republican Senator John McCain was quoted as saying the current scandal is reaching a "Watergate size and scale", a reference to the scandal that forced President Richard Nixon from office.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". "He was concerned", said the associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"Comey had the foresight to write that email and then, when he left the DOJ, to print it out and 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. Really, if a freshman can refuse to spin for the White House, why can't lawmakers with years of seniority in no danger of losing their seats? "If [Vice President] Pence, [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions, [Jared] Kushner or anyone else took any action in an attempt to impede the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, then they would find themselves in the same boat President Trump appears to be in".

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians. The president has suggested he hopes to name Comey's successor before he departs Friday for his first overseas trip as president.

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