Vladimir Putin 'ready to provide recording' of Lavrov-Trump exchange

Hours after a news report that President Trump had asked the FBI director to back away from an investigation, Democrats seized on the information to accuse the White House of a serious crime.

"I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America for obstruction of justice", Green said.

"No one would write a federal statute with this situation in mind because it's such an extraordinary situation", said Jens David Ohlin, a dean at Cornell University Law School.

Graham said the sooner Comey can speak to Congress on the matter, the better. "Each member of Congress has to make his or her decision". "This is where I stand, I will not be moved".

Lawyers said the president needs his own counsel regardless of whether he is facing potential criminal liability for his responses to the Russian Federation investigation.

"There was a question about impeachment", he noted.

That was an hour before The New York Times delivered the latest blow to Trump, reporting that the president asked former FBI director James Comey to close his investigation into former national-security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.

A Republican lawmaker has acknowledged the "i-word": impeachment.

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The American Civil Liberties Union says they've filed a Freedom of Information Act to view the memo, as well as any other documents related to meetings between Trump and Comey. "But everybody merits a fair trail", he was quoted as saying.

White House counsel represent the institution of the presidency, not Donald Trump himself, much as corporate general counsel represent their company and not CEOs.

Top Russian lawmakers also have vented frustration and anger over the latest commotion over Trump's relationship with Russia.

The Russian President added that he was "concerned because it's hard to imagine what the people who produce such nonsense can come up with next". "That means before rushing to judgment we get all the pertinent information".

"What I told our members just this morning: We need the facts", the Wisconsin Republican said at a leadership press conference after holding a closed-door meeting with the House GOP Conference.

McCabe told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that the FBI probe into Russian interference in the USA election was "highly significant", contradicting the White House's assertion that it was a low priority for the bureau. "I hope you can let this go", Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey about Mr. Flynn in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to Mr. Comey's recollection of the meeting in the memo shared with his colleagues at the agency, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The intelligence committee is now hoping that McCabe, the acting FBI Director, will hand over the memos Comey wrote "regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials" related to the Russian Federation probe.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

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