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Comey summoned to reveal if Trump obstructed justice

19 May 2017

The poll found that a 50 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump's decision to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, while only 36 percent approved of the move.

The committee also asked the White House to provide any recordings, if they exist, detailing interactions with Comey that relate to the FBI's investigation into Russia's role in the election - or Clinton email scandal.

In the memo, which ABC News has not seen, Comey wrote that he was asked by the president to let the Flynn probe go in February. On Wednesday, the president reportedly interviewed four candidates for Comey's former position at the White House.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said Tuesday the recent developments are reaching a Watergate levels. "Everybody thinks so. And again, we have to get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have". "The shoes continue to drop, and every couple days there's a new aspect".

From there he veered into a wide-ranging policy discussion, touching on tax cuts, military spending and health care. Several came to his defense and sought to close ranks.

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Cummings questioned why Chaffetz wasn't pressing the Trump administration with the same zeal that he showed during the Clinton investigations.

"But when I made that decision, I actually thought it would be a bipartisan decision".

Trump said he was about to name a replacement for Comey, another effort to settle the waters.

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

After the White House denied reports that the President told Russian diplomats sensitive information about a terror threat, Mr Trump tweeted: "As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety". And he plans to have Comey testify, though he apparently still needs to get in touch with him. "What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", he said in a statement. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

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Democrats badgered Republicans to stand up to the president, and demanded access to the transcripts of Trump's meeting last week with two Russian diplomats.

Asked point-blank if he'd done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no - and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: "I think it's totally ridiculous".

Democrats pointed out that Ryan had called for Democrat Hillary Clinton to be denied classified briefings after Comey concluded previous year that she was careless in how she handled classified information over her email accounts.

"There's clearly a lot of politics being played", Ryan said.

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Comey summoned to reveal if Trump obstructed justice