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Trump faces fallout over Comey appeal, intelligence sharing

Trump faces fallout over Comey appeal, intelligence sharing

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last week, detailed his conversation with the president in the memo immediately after the meeting, said the report.

"Now is the time to gather all the pertinent information", Ryan told reporters after the private.

As for Comey, whom Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo.

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

Lawmakers of both parties are demanding that Mr Comey testify before them in public, though the time and place haven't been determined.

The person who described the Comey memo was not authorised to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"We've tried tonight to get Republicans to come out and talk" about the Comey memo, but Fox could not find even one Republican lawmaker "willing to go on camera tonight", Fox host Bret Baier said Tuesday.

Amash sits on the committee, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over all memos, notes and recordings detailing communications between Comey and Trump by May 24.

The US Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team and Russian Federation.

A spokesman for Coffman clarified on Wednesday, "Congressman Coffman has called for an independent investigation, has said Congress needs the memos, and believes Comey should testify".

And then comes the revelation of this memo that was written contemporaneously with a dinner in which Trump is alleged to have asked Comey to have stopped the investigation on Michael Flynn on the grounds that Michael Flynn is a good fellow and he really does not deserve to have an investigation against him. "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly", Trump said in a statement.

Mueller, in a statement tweeted by CBS News, said, I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability.

"This inquiry by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the ongoing investigations by other bipartisan committees in Congress, must and will continue", Mitchell said.

Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, said Congress must focus on finding the facts.

But most Republicans were able to avoid giving a definitive response about Trump's conduct because a memo Comey wrote about a meeting with the president hasn't surfaced publicly.

Chaffetz said he has always had strong support from congressional leaders.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing in his firing of Comey, and on Tuesday the White House denied Trump asked Comey to end the investigation. "There are two investigations going on in the House and Senate, and he wants to get to the bottom of this".

The senators asked McGahn to provide the committee with "all White House records memorializing interactions with Mr. Comey relating to the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda". Now, that could have been the investigation they were talking about.