Republicans starting to turn as committee asks to see Comey documents

OPINION The Comey memo offers zero evidence to impeach Trump

Despite the denial, the latest allegation immediately feeds fresh fuel to the flames that have been grilling the White House since Trump's firing of Comey last week, distracting his agenda while plunging his administration into a fast accumulating credibility crisis.

The request came after The New York Times revealed on Tuesday the existence of a memo Comey had written showing Trump's attempt to obstruct the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Officials have also denied that Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

In a written statement explaining his decision, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote that "a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome". The White House said the memo's portrayal of the conversation was "not accurate".

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the New York Times reported Trump said, citing the Comey memo.

A separate letter, addressed to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, sought notes or memos written by Comey about conversations he had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Schmidt's revelations also follow the Washington Post separately reporting that part of the reason Trump abruptly fired Comey last week was that he believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not doing enough to investigate the leaks coming out of his administration.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to be the special counsel in charge of the Russian Federation investigation.

When asked whether he could recollect any actions from the past six months that might be worthy of criminal charges or impeachment, Trump said the government needs to "get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have".

"Last week, the President tweeted a message implying that the White House may have audio recordings of interactions with Mr. Comey". If lawmakers believe a president is guilty of what the US Constitution calls "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors", they may initiate articles of impeachment.

A number of presidents have faced calls for impeachment, but only two have ever actually been impeached in the House.

"No, no, next question", he said during the question-and-answer portion of a joint White House press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

A former federal law enforcement official told NBC that Comey wrote a memo about almost every interaction with the president.

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