The House Oversight Committee is inviting Comey to testify

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Mr Trump, who appeared to confirm that he had indeed done some impromptu intelligence-sharing-"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation... facts pertaining to terrorism"-appears hapless by comparison".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, argued against a rush to judgment on the revelations while Congress exercises its oversight authority over the president. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts". "That is what Congress does in conducting oversight of the executive branch", he said.

The Koch push reflects broader concerns from the nation's business community that Trump's promise of a tax overhaul may fall victim to his mounting political challenges.

Legal analysts say Trump may have obstructed justice if he asked Comey to drop his investigation of Flynn, but caution that proving intent is key in obstruction of justice cases.

President Putin deployed his trademark sarcasm on Wednesday to make clear he thought the accusation that Trump had divulged secrets absurd.

"This trip will convey that America is back", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a news conference at the State Department. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as US politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

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The news that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to halt his probe into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn set off a chorus of calls from members of Congress for evidence. "If this memo exists, I need to see it right away", Chaffetz told The Associated Press in a phone interview, adding, "If we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Mr Comey and Mr Trump.

Earlier, in an interview with ThinkProgress, Mr Green said that following the dismissal of James Comey, Mr Trump "is demonstrating that he has the power to dismiss people summarily, with impunity, unless he's impeached".

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has called for "less drama" from the White House. Sen.

"The Obama administration, the Bush administration: they would leak but they actually sought to impose great discipline on messaging and to contain the internal deliberations and speak with one voice - but this White House speaks with a million voices". The allegations raised by the New York Times, which were corroborated by others, have reinforced the impression of the possible obstruction that created.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

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"Charges of obstruction of justice have been a staple of the last two substantial attempts to impeach a president", William Yeomans, fellow in law and government at American University, wrote recently in column for "The Hill".

The US Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team and Russian Federation. But the White House has provided differing accounts of the firing.

A combination photo shows US President Donald Trump, left, in the House of Representatives in Washington on February 28, 2017 and FBI Director James Comey in Washington on July 7, 2016.

The Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees have requested copies of Comey's memos detailing conversations with Trump, and the intelligence panel on Wednesday invited Comey to testify both behind closed doors and in a public session. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. "He is a good guy".

The newspaper said Comey was in the Oval Office that day with other national security officials for a terrorism threat briefing. The American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday it would also ask for documentation of the conversation between Comey and Trump.

The most convincing defence offered for this apparently remarkable blunder is that the president, because he does not often read intelligence briefings, or indeed nearly anything over a page in length, could not have known the sensitivity of the information he chose to divulge to the Russians.

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