Then-Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing on the FBI on Capitol Hill May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The associates recounted how anxious Comey was about meeting with Trump and recalled conversations in which they brainstormed how to handle moments when the president asked for details of an investigation.
Late on Wednesday the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into questions of Russian collusion. The Times report cites a memo written by Comey, which appears to provide evidence Trump tried to influence the FBI's investigation into links between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.
He finally fired Comey last week, in a move legal experts say could become the basis for an obstruction of justice investigation against the beleaguered American president.
House and Senate committees have immediately - and rightly - requested copies of the memos related to this controversy.
Flynn was forced to resign one day before the conversation between Comey and Trump, after it was revealed that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about connections he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The decision came hours after a report by the New York Times that claimed Trump asked Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between Michael Flynn, the former White House national security adviser, and Russian Federation.More news: Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band Eulogize Chris Cornell
According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong.
Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".
Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". To date, no Republican has publicly voiced support for impeachment.
The White House issued a flat-out denial declaring: "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation".
Some analysts have argued that this sequence further deteriorated the trustworthiness of Trump's media representatives.
The director did not take notes during the dinner with the president, but there were times, one associate recalled, when after meeting with Trump, Comey started writing notes as soon as he got into a vehicle to make sure he could accurately record what was said, according to the Post report.
Graham said the sooner Comey can speak to Congress on the matter, the better.