Comey prepped responses ahead of Trump discussions

Cummings said "we have been waiting for months for the chairman to pick up his so-called subpoena pen".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paused and answered simply "no" when asked if he had concerns about the president's ability to properly handle classified information in wake of the revelations.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, called the memo as reported "powerful evidence of obstruction of justice". Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a former USA attorney.

Pressure has been building on Trump over the Russian Federation issue since his firing last week of FBI chief James Comey, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has scheduled a full committee hearing on the FBI's independence for May 24.

Senators in both parties have called for Comey to testify before Congress. But you can't bring a criminal investigation against a sitting U.S. president under American law and instead you have to proceed by impeachment.

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Longtime Washington defense lawyer Robert Luskin agreed.

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".

It's unclear. First, it would need to be established that Trump acted in a corrupt manner, and as Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, wrote in conservative publication National Review, that is extremely hard to do. "In the absence of other indicia where you can infer corrupt intent, you could never prove that case".

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the president told Comey, according to the memo. "Reporters are protected by judges and juries, by a congress that relies on them to stay informed, and by a Justice Department that for decades has honored the role of a free press by spurning prosecutions of journalists for publishing leaks of classified information".

"My view is that there are a lot of pieces coming together", said Peter Zeidenberg, a former public corruption prosecutor. "Any one of these facts in isolation may be problematic but may not be sufficient".

"If they want to send something, you know, hats off".

Any investigation would pay close attention to the timeline. "And that includes the President of the United States of America", Green said on the House floor.

The reports stem from a memo Comey wrote shortly after an Oval Office meeting in February.

The Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol as well as Wall Street.

"It's hard to imagine what else these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next", said Putin, referring to unnamed USA politicians.

In a turn of events, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, asked that the Federal Bureau of Investigation release all documents and recordings of conversations between the president and Comey.

"The American people deserve answers and anything less is a sign that Carlos Curbelo is willing to put his Party before the community he claims to represent", DCCC spokesman Cole Leiter said in a statement.

"It's falling out of the trees, the evidence", he said. Former President Bill Clinton was impeached on grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice while he was in the White House, but the Senate acquitted him in 1999, which is what happened to then-President Andrew Johnson in 1868. And even if it did, they said, Comey would come out for the better.

To lawyer Luskin, the talk of criminal charges misses the point.

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