President Donald Trump faced fallout Wednesday over revelations that he personally appealed to now-fired FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, allegations based on notes Comey wrote after the meeting.
"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the resident has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House official said. "That means before leaping to judgment we get all the facts. Until he has access to them, the Congressman will not be commenting further".
Trump removed Comey in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian interference in the the 2016 United States presidential election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.
Asked on his way out of the news conference whether he still retained confidence in Trump, Ryan replied: "I do".
One White House aide noted to me on Tuesday that Bannon, whom the aide had called "irrelevant" a week earlier, had been in meetings with the president and senior staff over the last week. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president", Ryan said.
Hours after a news report that President Trump had asked the FBI director to back away from an investigation, Democrats seized on the information to accuse the White House of a serious crime. But Vice President Mike Pence and Republican congressional leaders should stop looking the other way. "I don't think that we know exactly what happened", he said, calling for investigations into the Comey memo and whether Trump associates were involved in Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.
And he adopted a skeptical tone toward the reports that have the White House in chaos and lawmakers scrambling to respond.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia said he and the majority of House Republicans remain behind the president and his voters "definitely" do.More news: Apple Seeds First Developer Release of macOS Sierra 10.12
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Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. Dianne Feinstein of California sent the letter to the Justice Department and the White House on Wednesday. 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".
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". "I guess that's the task no matter who's in the White House and who's in Congress", he said.
On Tuesday, Chaffetz said he had his "subpoena pen ready" if legal action is necessary to force the release of Comey's memos. They're also asking whether Comey memorialized any other conversations during the Obama presidency or whether he only made a decision to take notes about Trump.
Asked by reporters whether he thought the allegations against Trump were grounds for impeachment, Republican Representative Justin Amash said, "If the allegations are true, yes".
Castigating them for a "lack of action", the Democrats demanded Comey's memos, an immediate public hearing with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and a vote on a motion to subpoena the White House to produce documents related Flynn.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speculated Trump was probably happy to get out of town - "and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days".
Colorado Republican U.S. Sen.
The Criminal Resource Manual for U.S. Attorneys points out that "the Supreme Court has concluded that "endeavor" is broader than "attempt" - and quotes the court stating that in the statute it means "any effort or essay to accomplish the evil objective that the section was enacted to prevent". "It's also important that this does not impact the ongoing investigation into Russian Federation".