Texas congressman calls for Trump's impeachment on House floor

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"Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts. That is what Congress does in conducting oversight of the executive branch", he said.

Amash reiterated that he thinks Congress needs to establish an independent commission to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 US election and has signed onto Democratic-sponsored legislation that would do just that.

And regarding a separate report - also disputed by the White House - that Trump shared classified intel with the Russians, Republican Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock called for "immediate classified briefings".

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. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement that "we are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time".

Chance said on CNN that Putin told reporters he could provide a "recording" of the meeting, a claim that the Kremlin hurriedly dialed back. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

The memo, reportedly written by Comey in February, details a conversation between the former top cop and President Trump, in which Trump pushed Comey to shut down the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump removed Comey in the middle of an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia. "I don't think you want to make that leap to impeachment until you follow a path, which leads us there".

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

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

Reuters independently confirmed the Times account.

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, told reporters on the heels of a defense acquisition reform hearing Wednesday that he anxious "the political drama" over Comey would suck time and energy away from other congressional priorities.

James Comey, whose firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director last week triggered a political firestorm, wrote a memo detailing Trump's comments to him in February saying "I hope you can let this go", referring to the Flynn probe, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey.

"So, from my point of view, this is of enormous outcome for his presidency". It is important to note that the Flynn investigation is a separate matter from the investigation into Mr Trump's campaign team, though both involve alleged ties to Russian officials.

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the White House is "in a downward spiral right now" and the Trump administration has "got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening". "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump allegedly told Comey.

For weeks, most Republican lawmakers limited their comments about the crisis-plagued Trump administration to vague expressions of concern - if they commented at all.

The fresh controversy will increase pressure on Mr. Comey to testify before Congress, which could expose the President to new vulnerabilities. In January, American intelligence officials reportedly warned their Israeli counterparts that any intelligence shared with the then-incoming Trump administration could be leaked to Russian Federation and passed to its ally, Iran.

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