Would Trump request to end Flynn probe have broken law?

Trump Defends Giving'Facts to Russia in Closed Press Meeting

"I'm sure we're going to go on to hear from Mr. Comey about why, if this happened as he allegedly describes, why didn't he take action at the time", Ryan said.

Ushakov said "any contacts" with the US president are "important" but he would not reply to the question whether the classified information that Trump reportedly shared with Lavrov and Kislyak was valuable for Russian Federation. "And that means, before rushing to judgment, we get all the pertinent information".

"At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power", House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in a statement. Comey, who was known to keep a paper trail of sensitive meetings, chronicled the president's request in a memo he produced soon after the conversation, according to a Comey associate who reviewed the document and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.

"Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter of communication, influences, obstructs, impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States" is guilty of obstructing justice.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump had urged Comey to drop the investigation on Flynn in the wake of the former national security adviser's resignation.

The New York Times reported the existence and partial content of a memo written by Comey, who was sacked last week by Trump, detailing a conversation between the president and his then Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

On the prediction markets, the odds of a Trump impeachment jumped to the highest levels on record.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Donald Trump's trip to the Middle East and Europe comes at a good time.

President Donald Trump acknowledged the crowd as he arrived to give the commencement address for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, today, in New London, Conn.

Trump fired Comey last week.

Green is not a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which would oversee such a proceeding.

The Washington Post has confirmed the existence of contemporaneous notes from February in which Comey wrote that Trump had asked him to close the investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and instead focus more on leaks to reporters.

One Twitter user shared a screen grab of a tweet which said: "John McCain probably revealed less to the KGB in five+ years of torture at the Hanoi Hilton than Trump did in five minutes in the Oval". And if those other memos do come to light and show similar exchanges with Trump, that's going to be very hard for the White House to combat in the court of public opinion.

He and other Democrats said Comey must testify before lawmakers about his conversations with the president.

ABC News has not seen the memo, and Comey has not commented on the matter. Trump also stirred controversy with a visit from Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to the US on Wednesday, and reversed his White House's story regarding his decision to fire Comey while in an interview with Lester Holt for "NBC Nightly News" Thursday. "We've seen that these obstruction of justice cases, when they deal with presidents, can get ugly very fast".

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.



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