Trump Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before Hiring Him — NY Times

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov center Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides left and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland talk together prior to a session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers at the Filoxeni

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.

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

After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching".

Green said from the House Floor that he is calling for "the impeachment of the President of the United States for obstruction of justice".

Burr tells reporters, "I think this was a good decision".

Trump said that "adversity makes you stronger", adding that things are not always fair, but "you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight".

If the Trump administration deemed it appropriate, Putin said Russian Federation could hand over a transcript of Trump's meeting with Lavrov to USA lawmakers to reassure them that no secrets were revealed.

House Republicans have mixed reactions to the surprise announcement that the Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in 2016.

The White House denied the report, saying it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

Russia has repeatedly said that Trump's opponents are trying to damage him and Moscow by making what it says are false accusations about the billionaire president and the Russian government which initially had high hopes of a rapprochement.

But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply.

Trump was quiet on Twitter early Wednesday. He also said "it is obvious" that some people want to harm Trump. But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House.

"We're going to walk and chew gum at the same time".

The moves comes a day after it was disclosed that Comey had written a memo detailing how Trump had asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn.

Even if Mr. Trump does what Richard Nixon did and resign his office, he should still be criminally charged.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "a point where it's of Watergate size and scale".

Ryan endorsed the House Oversight committee's request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump. Ryan backed Chaffetz's request.

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