Several members of Congress said that if Trump did suggest that Comey "let this go" regarding Flynn's Russian contacts, it was probably just a joke, light banter.
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said it would be "appropriate and timely for the Senate to hear directly" from Comey in a setting open to the public. The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked C. "And we'll see where the facts lead".
Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts.
"We have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of what party is in the White House", Ryan said.
News broke Tuesday that Trump in February asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn - a request critics have called obstruction of justice. "So there are a lot of unanswered questions".
Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz has stated he wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hand over all "memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings" of discussions between Trump and Comey.
And it all starts with Republicans deciding that what the White House says about these damning news stories is worth questioning.
John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "Watergate size and scale". Stuart Symington of Missouri, leaked Walters' comments nearly immediately and followed up the next day with a news conference in which he spelled out Walters' claims in greater detail.
Other Republicans are downplaying the situation.
A besieged President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that "no politician in history" has been treated worse by his foes, even as exasperated fellow Republicans slowly joined the clamor for a deeper investigation into whether he tried to quash an FBI probe into a top aide's ties to Russian Federation.
Already, one of the most powerful Republican members of Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has started walking. No Republicans, Baier said, were willing to go on camera and defend their president.
Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the Republican president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations a year ago with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. But we do need to get to the bottom of this.
"He's around and the best evidence of what happened in that meeting would be to call him as a witness", said Barbara McQuade, former US attorney for the Eastern District of MI. "I'm not going to take a memo, I want the guy to come in", said Sen.
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has also endorsed the legislation.
The Kremlin isn't commenting on the details of the classified information that President Donald Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador last week.
"His advisers concede that the intense schedule - dozens of interactions with leaders from the Middle East and Europe, over a range of delicate issues - could produce unscripted, diplomatically perilous moments", The New York Times reports. Ryan's aides countered that in the same July 2016 opinion piece, Ryan also said those classified briefings could resume if Clinton were actually elected.
Whether a sitting president can be indicted for a crime is a question that is not answered by either the Constitution or by Supreme Court cases, but many legal scholars believe impeachment is the only way to hold a president accountable for misconduct.
The committee's new emphasis comes as Chaffetz's political profile may be waning.