While that alone raised many, many eyebrows, the allegation that Trump pressured Comey to ease up on Flynn is, as the New York Times described it, "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation".
They also said they have written to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, "seeking any notes or memorandum prepared by the former director regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to investigations into Russia's efforts" to influence the 2016 elections.
Mr Trump met Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, at the White House on Wednesday last week.
U.S. President Donald Trump's sharing of highly classified intelligence with Russian Federation could cause a problem with efforts to seek cooperation from allies in dealing with North Korea, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.
Lavrov is the highest-level Russian official to meet face-to-face with Trump since he took office on January 20.
Trump tried to shut down the FBI investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, US media reported on Tuesday. Often lauded for his independence, Comey had come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his role in the agency's investigation into the email practices of Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the final days of the campaign.More news: In nod to Comey story, aide shares video of Clinton avoiding hug
On the other side of the partisan divide, a small but growing number of Democrats are speaking openly about impeachment, arguing that Trump obstructed justice when he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to "go easy" in its probe of Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. "It's reaching Watergate size and scale", Mr McCain said previously at a dinner for the International Republican Institute.
Stock markets tumbled, the dollar's value sank and anxious Republicans wondered what else could go wrong Wednesday as President Donald Trump faced congressional inquiries into allegations he tried to derail an FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and disclosed classified intelligence to Russian Federation. "I do have the ability to unilaterally issue a subpoena if need be ― hopefully, if this memo exists, they will turn it over voluntarily and swiftly, but we are writing a request as we speak".
The White House denied the account.
But the Trump-Comey Oval Office encounter, however Comey took it at the time, becomes even more sinister in light of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's firing. But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".
Do you think the information in the Comey memo is true? "While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said.
Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr on Tuesday said the burden on proof is on the New York Times, which first reported the Comey memo, to publish it. In January, Trump reportedly sought a pledge of loyalty from Comey and failed to obtain it. He is a good guy. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.