The House Oversight Committee wants to see Comey's Trump memos

Ryan insisted Congress will exercise its oversight role and gather more information before reaching any conclusions about the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as reports Trump shared sensitive information with the Russians and urged Comey to drop an investigation of a former adviser.

The events of the first 117 days of the Trump White House - and, especially, the last 7 days - suggest that assumption might be dead wrong.

Putin, who still hopes Moscow can fix battered ties with the United States despite a deepening political scandal in the United States related to Trump's purported Russian Federation ties, said Moscow had rated Lavrov's meeting with Trump highly.

Update 10:22am CT, May 17: In response to the kerfulle, Trump Jr. denied he was confirming the existence of the Comey memo, saying he was only speaking about "if" it was true.

"I'm sure we're going to hear from Mr. Comey about why if this happened as he allegedly described, why didn't he take action at the time", Ryan said.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., told lawmakers after Green's remarks that "members are reminded to refrain in engaging in personalities toward the president such as accusations that he committed an impeachable offense".

Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is among those probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States election, called Putin's offer "quite amusing". "I am a voice in the wilderness, but I assure you, that history will vindicate me".

"We can't deal with speculation and innuendo and there's clearly a lot of politics being played", the Wisconsin Republican said after meeting with his colleagues.

Flynn was forced out in February after he misled the vice president about his conversations with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office.

On Tuesday night, Chaffetz was quick to respond to the latest allegations from the Times, telling NBC that it "seems like an extraordinary use of influence to try to shut down an investigation being done by the FBI".

He replied, "I do".



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