"The big issue here is that I am convinced the president did nothing that he felt was outside the best interests of the country", Franks said.
Some legal analysts have said Trump's possible pressure on Comey to end the Flynn probe and his decision to fire the FBI chief in the midst of the agency's investigation of the Russian Federation matter could amount to obstruction of justice, a charge that could be invoked in any attempt to impeach Trump and remove him from office. Trump has seen few Republican lawmakers rush to his defense and many are publicly demanding answers from the executive branch.
"The last thing I'm going to do is pre-judge anything", he said said during the news conference at the Republican National Committee.
"Now is the time to gather all the pertinent information", Ryan told reporters Wednesday after a private meeting of House Republicans. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House", Ryan added. "That means before leaping to judgment we get all the facts".
"We need to have immediate classified briefings on what occurred at this meeting so that Congress can at least know as much as Russian leaders", she said in a statement.
On Capitol Hill, Comey was clearly the man in demand, with three committees working to seat him at their witness tables. But given the bombshell news events since Ryan last went before the Washington press corps almost two weeks ago, the questions did not focus on the major legislative effort he's trying to pursue.
The New York Times reported yesterday that Trump called Comey weeks after he took office on Jan 20 and asked him when federal authorities were going to say Trump was not under investigation. The latest accusation claims that President Trump illegally shared classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Speaker Paul Ryan warned on Wednesday against jumping to conclusions following revelations a day earlier that President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as detailed in a memo written by Comey. CNN confirmed the details of that memo.
On Tuesday, Fox News host Bret Baier made a surprising disclosure. "All communications between everybody - Comey, and other people in the hierarchy". Charles Krauthammer, a political commentator and regular panelist on Special Report said the Republican party's reluctance to talk was understandable.More news: PRRD signs executive order on nationwide smoking ban
"Truth", Trump Jr. wrote in his endorsement of the tweet.
"The entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign - but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians. That's what's in my control, and that's what I'm focused on".
"This is the single greatest witch-hunt of a politician in American history!" he said on his Twitter account.
Ryan said that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has "appropriately" requested the Comey memo. Republicans in the upper chamber, however, have shown little confidence in the bill and have signaled that they're starting from scratch with their own bill.
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"If the USA administration finds it necessary, we are ready to provide the record of the conversation between Trump and Lavrov to the Senate and Congress", Putin said.
Still, markets aren't exactly panicking amid the news from the White House. Richard Shelby described it as perennial problem.
"It's time to get to the bottom of this", Congressman Issa said.