"I hope you can let this go", Comey recalled Trump saying.
"It is important that Congress call the former FBI Director James Comey before the Judiciary Committee to obtain a full understanding of what President Trump may or may not have done regarding the Russian investigation, including General Michael Flynn".
The New York Times first, then The Washington Post and other outlets have reported that Trump had asked Comey in a February meeting not to pursue the Flynn probe and instead go after journalists in leak cases.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".
Mr Trump spoke hours after Paul Ryan, the most senior Republican in Congress, warned against "rushing to judgment" on the latest scandal to engulf the president. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., tore into Ryan and Chaffetz, urging an immediate subpoena for White House records involving Flynn and a quick public hearing featuring Comey. "And we'll see where the facts lead".
"Since we can't read people's minds, proving intent is very hard", said Carole Rendon, who served as the chief federal prosecutor in Cleveland until March. "So there are a lot of unanswered questions". He replied, "I do". Also Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz called for a hearing next week and invited Comey to testify; Amash is a member of the Oversight Committee.
But some market watchers have expressed skepticism about how much the political turbulence at the White House is affecting the dollar. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday night that the situation was "reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale". "The shoes continue to drop, and every couple days there's a new aspect". Stuart Symington of Missouri, leaked Walters' comments nearly immediately and followed up the next day with a news conference in which he spelled out Walters' claims in greater detail. The other Republican sponsor is Walter Jones, a frequent Amash ally who was also one of the closest allies of former Congressman Ron Paul, the libertarian icon Amash has been compared to on occasion since entering Congress. They made the recommendation over the former FBI director's handling of the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server. We need to make sure that we find out whether these reports are true, what these memoranda say, if indeed there are memoranda of other conversations between the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the president that might reveal other improper conduct that sheds light on the president's motivations, because key to figuring out whether there was obstruction [of justice] is what the president's intent may have been.
The congressional letter says the president's action in sharing the information could endanger third-nation intelligence gathering and hamper future collection and access to vital information. But we do need to get to the bottom of this. And the best way to get to the bottom of it is for him to testify.
How did the supposed memo come to light?
Democrats badgered Republicans to stand up to the president, and demanded access to the transcripts of Trump's meeting last week with two Russian diplomats.
Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for The New York Times and longtime critic of Trump, wrote that while Trump may not be guilty of the "high crimes and misdemeanours" necessary for impeachment, he had shown himself incapable of governing the US.