Some lawmakers are accusing President Trump of obstruction of justice after revelations that FBI Director James Comey wrote a private account of the president asking him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media".
Criminally speaking, obstructing justice applies to a variety of scenarios - like threatening a juror, retaliating against a witness, or impeding a grand jury proceeding - and Trump's alleged request would not fit neatly into any of them, legal experts said.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. "He is a good guy".
"I think the legislative process is pretty much ground to a halt until you get the Comey episode dealt with", said Republican Sen.
"It's reaching Watergate size and scale", Mr McCain said previously at a dinner for the International Republican Institute. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House".More news: US extends Iran nuclear sanctions relief
The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Mr Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement.
Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.
According to reports of the memo's contents, the president asked the other people present in the Oval Office at the time, including Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to leave the room.
Ryan said that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has "appropriately" requested the Comey memo. On top of the memos detailing Comey's conversations with Trump, the Judiciary Committee is also interested in those concerning discussions with former President Barack Obama about the Clinton email investigation.
"Last week, the President tweeted a message implying that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Mr. Comey", wrote the ranking members of the committee, seemingly referring to Trump's May 12th tweet warning about "tapes" of conversations with Comey. The Russian intelligence scandal also threatens to corrode trust among allies who shared classified information with the United States on the understanding it would be handled within the usual guidelines. That sounds a lot like obstruction of justice-especially if Trump then fired him for not doing so. The associate was not authorized to discuss the memo by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. CNN has not viewed the document, but the reported memo has caused shockwaves to ripple across Washington, raising the question of impeachment with Democrats and leading some Republicans to consider a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russia's 2016 hacking. Only one of those men has a reason to lie and it isn't Comey. First of all, if Director Comey in any way thought that he was being intimidated or the president was trying to interfere with the investigation I believe that Director Comey had an obligation to report that.