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Reports about the Comey memo followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired Comey.

Amash responded "yes" when asked whether there could be grounds to impeach Trump if a memo reportedly written by former FBI Director James Comey indicates that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials.

Moreover, under legal precedent from the investigation of President Bill Clinton, President Trump's communications with White House lawyers may not be shielded by attorney-client privilege.

Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Mr Putin said it is up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Mr Trump's efforts.

"Scary. Scary", Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Joel Simon said in an interview. "Trump says all sorts of awful things about journalists but when he says them publicly there's a political rationale". But this was a private moment.

"I'm hard pressed to find a prosecutor who would just look at this and say, OK, just move along", said Jeff Cramer, a former federal prosecutor. "But if this is a thermostat, somebody just turned it up a couple degrees".

Even powerful Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the likely quarterback for Senate tax reform plans, said Wednesday he was anxious the GOP agenda could run aground over the Russian Federation and Comey affair.

"Never in the history of this country has a reporter or publisher been prosecuted for publishing truthful information, classified or not", Wizner said.

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The nation's commitment to the principle that it's more important to protect a free press than to punish the occasional harmful publication is, in Columbia Law School professor David Pozen's words, "a matter of practice and norms" rather than statute or judicial precedent. "So that legal threat has been there for a long time time".

"Public trust is on the line and the country deserves answers sooner rather than later", he said, adding that Congress needs "all of the facts surrounding the firing of FBI Director Comey".

"If this [memo] happened a couple of months ago then it sounds [like] he has got to report it immediately and I've heard no evidence that he reported [it]", Gohmert said. "The norm is very strong by now that journalists shouldn't be prosecuted for going about their ordinary business".

I reached out to lawyers who have previously represented the president, Daniel Petrocelli of O'Melveny & Myers, Trump's counsel in the Trump University case, and frequent outside counsel Marc Kasowitz of Kasowitz Benson Torres.

"One way in which norms can harden is if they're tested and then in response they become codified", Pozen said. "No court has had to rule on the First Amendment questions that would be raised by prosecuting journalists for their publishing behaviors. But we need much more than that". "President Trump's instinct to go after the press could well backfire legally". Even if he doesn't buy Pozen's warning about a backfire at the bench, Trump has even simpler reasons not to take this tack. The FBI chief prides himself on his independence and transparency, but said nothing publicly about getting pressure from the president.

The White House vigorously denied it all. The president made no specific mention of the current controversies engulfing his White House but criticized the way his administration has been treated.

"Here, it seems the opposite".

Mr Nicholas Dujmovic, who spent 26 years at the CIA and is the director of the intelligence studies programme at Catholic University of America in Washington, said: "If true, the story will indeed harm relations with United States allies who are our closest intelligence partners and will now be wary of sharing their best secrets with us". "He was concerned", said the associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. National Security Adviser H R McMaster said the president's comments were "wholly appropriate".

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