Speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting Italian prime minister on Wednesday, Putin said he had "no other explanation" as to why Trump came under attack other than "political schizophrenia".
If the events in the memo happened in the way that Comey says, President Trump would find himself likely being impeached by the House of Representatives.
There is no suggestion Mr Trump committed a crime as he has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will. "The important ongoing bipartisan investigation in the House will also continue", Ryan said. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said Wednesday that if Trump did indeed ask former FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, then that would constitute grounds for impeachment, according tothe Hill's Cristina Marcos. "President Trump's approval has fallen from 51 percent in mid-April to 42 percent today", said Morning Consult chief research officer Kyle Dropp.
Putin did wade into the USA debate over the true role of Russian interference in last year's election, and seemed to give backing to the notion that Washington and Moscow have common interests that they should advance. Sources close to Comey and who are familiar with the memo said the Times account is accurate.
Leaving their meeting Wednesday, a number of conservative House Republicans said they and their constituents remained firmly supportive of the president, and they questioned why there are so many leaks coming out that are hurtful to Trump.
Rosenstein gave briefing for full Senate
Do you agree? What do you say to the president? Mueller has the ability to take the investigation in nearly any way he sees fit. Rosenstein is the lead Justice Department official on the investigation into Trump's connections with Russian Federation .
The Daily Beast spoke with nine current and former Trump administration and law enforcement officials for the story, which paints a funereal picture of life in the beleaguered White House.
Of course, Montanaro adds, "It is highly unlikely - there's nearly zero chance - Trump would be impeached by a Republican Congress".
Yet despite the anxiety and displeasure voiced by McCain and a handful of other prominent GOP lawmakers, Republicans did not appear poised to abandon a president who remains critical to their goals of acting on health care and tax legislation.
When that ended, President Trump asked everyone to leave except Mr Comey, and he eventually turned the conversation to Gen Flynn.
Trump is preparing to leave town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions.
What the White House has said about special prosecutors
That investigation included hundreds of interviews and a restaging of the final hours of the 51-day standoff with federal agents. The White House counsel was notified after the special counsel order was signed and soon before it was publicly announced.
A USA official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk.
The Post reported that United States officials were concerned that Trump had disclosed highly sensitive information from an ally that contained enough details to possibly enable the Russians to draw a fuller picture of the source.
On Tuesday night, Chaffetz was quick to respond to the latest allegations from the Times, telling NBC that it "seems like an extraordinary use of influence to try to shut down an investigation being done by the FBI".
After Putin offered Congress written records of Trump's meeting, NBC News' Andrea Mitchell asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson if the "Russians were bugging the Oval Office?"
Trump On Prosecutor For Russia Probe: 'It Hurts Our Country'
Trump cited displeasure with the FBI's Russian Federation probe as a factor in dismissing Comey. "I am not on a witch hunt". Chris Swecker is now retired from the FBI, but he says his former boss is the best person to lead this investigation.
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