US House speaker calls for caution, 'facts' on Trump crises

The fresh controversy will increase pressure on Mr. Comey to testify before Congress, which could expose the President to new vulnerabilities. Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, in the Oval Office on May 10, a day after the president fired Comey. Confidence in Trump's ability to strengthen the USA economy also took a hit, with the US dollar dropping to 0.89 of a euro.

The White House disputed the account of the Comey memo.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia said he and the majority of House Republicans remain behind the president and his voters "definitely" do.

Schumer said in a brief, somber floor speech Tuesday that he was "shaken" by the report that Trump asked Comey "to shut down an active investigation into a close political associate".

Earlier, in a sign that some Republicans could be reassessing their support for the United States president, Jason Chaffetz, the Republican head of the House oversight and government reform committee, said he had written to the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanding all "memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings" related to Mr Trump and Mr Comey's communications.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says he too wants more details, but he also notes that Trump's standing with South Carolina Republicans has "actually grown". "It is obvious that there are some people out there who want to harm the president". As current and former federal prosecutors will say, "intent is key" and is often the most hard element to prove in an obstruction of justice case-but here Trump's remarks would surely go a long way to establishing intent.

The House speaker said he still has confidence in Trump. "The President must be impeached".

Trump threatens fired FBI Director Comey in new tweet
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Rosenstein drafted the memo raising concerns about Comey on his own accord. The release of Nixon's tapes provided fuel for the Watergate scandal, which led to his resignation in 1974.

"The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has appropriately requested this memo". "We need to have all the facts", the spokesperson said.

"We need the facts", Ryan told reporters after Republicans huddled on Capitol Hill following explosive reports that Trump shared intelligence secrets with Russian officials, and that he pressured the director of the FBI to drop an ongoing investigation.

Democrats and a number of Republicans said they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

In a tweet Tuesday, Trump said he had an "absolute right" to share the information, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said he is not concerned that information sharing among allies would stop.

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

A USA official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.

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