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19 May 2017

Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a former state attorney general.

"On its face, this is a textbook prima facie case of an attempt to obstruct justice", concluded Sen.

Said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: "He's probably glad to leave town, and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days". He added: "Whether there are mitigating circumstances remains to be seen". Lawmakers from both political parties said they want to hear Comey testify in public, an idea that Comey associates have said he favors. Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, countered that Ryan and the Republicans had shown "zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

"The liability of others in Trump's likely obstruction of justice will depend on the degree of their knowing and intentional involvement", says ethics guru Norman Eisen.

"You can't let them get you down".

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Comey's memo - an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House - would be evidence that president has tried to influence the investigation.

And in a tweet Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. defended his father. "It is obvious that there are some people out there who want to harm the president". The act has to be done corruptly.

FBI Director James Comey during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 20, 2017.

Sources say the president's own frustration is at a high point.

Any investigation would pay close attention to the timeline. However, he has been a consistent critic of Trump, as well as an opponent of House Republican leadership, and his views are not widely representative.

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The White House vigorously denied it all.

"If [Vice President] Pence, [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions, [Jared] Kushner or anyone else took any action in an attempt to impede the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, then they would find themselves in the same boat President Trump appears to be in".

Offering advice to the new recruits in CT on the day he faced calls to be impeached over his handling of the sacking of Mr Comey and his relationship with Russian Federation, he told them to "put your head down and fight, fight, fight". One of the subpoenas, according to the Times, demands "records, research, contracts, bank records, communications" of documents related to Flynn.

Two Comey associates told NPR that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation leader is confident in his assessments and willing to tell lawmakers and the public why he conducted himself the way he did.

Republicans starting to turn as committee asks to see Comey documents
Trump has cast himself throughout the Russian Federation investigation as an aggrieved president who is being mistreated by the media.