But obstruction of justice is a tricky issue both criminally and politically.
Asked if he had confidence in Trump, Ryan said, "I do".
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan tried to tamp down the furor on Wednesday over reports that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to quash part of his Russian Federation investigation, saying "we need the facts" and adding he has confidence in the president. Sources have told me that some in House leadership have begun to worry about holding on to their majority in 2018, something that was already a risk even without the unique wild card that is Trump (given the track records for previous midterms immediately following the election of a new president). "The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".
WASHINGTON (AP) - Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that "no politician in history" has been treated worse.
Nixon agreed. He told Haldeman and Ehrlichman to meet with Walters, a longtime Nixon loyalist whom the president had placed in the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor its director, Richard Helms, and give him the order to talk to Gray.
On their own, the words "I hope you can let this go" are likely not enough to trigger a criminal charge for obstructing justice.
DEMOCRATIC Congressman Al Green has called for President Trump to be impeached over his treatment of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, accusing him of obstruction of justice.
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Any investigation would pay close attention to the timeline. 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". Yates was sacked soon after because, the White House said, she refused to defend the president's travel ban in court.
For one, he asked Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave the room before speaking privately with Comey about Flynn, according to a Comey associate.
A more appropriate solution, Douthat argued, was to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment, which allows the president's cabinet to deem him "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office". An FBI agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
Amash has been outspoken on the need to investigate Russia's alleged ties to the Trump campaign and administration. A day before Comey's meeting with Trump, Flynn had been ousted for what the White House said were misleading accounts of his conversations with Russia's USA ambassador.
The White House downplayed the report, however, saying at no time did Trump ask or order Comey or any other law enforcement official to stop an investigation, including the Russian Federation probe.
"It's falling out of the trees, the evidence", he said.
"Officially noticed a hearing for next Wednesday at 9:30am ET with former FBI Dir Comey. We are deeply concerned of the repeated failure of the House Republicans to take action in the face of these onslaught of allegations", he said.