More US Republicans back independent probe of Trump-Russia ties

"Our job is to get the facts and be sober about doing that", he said.

"A negative opening call comes after risk appetite was dealt a blow overnight by claims that US President Trump may have tried to coerce ex-FBI Director Comey into dropping the probe into Gen. Flynn", Mike van Dulken of Accendo Markets writes in his morning email to clients.

The tumult in Washington deepened on Tuesday over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

Trump, whose administration has been dogged by allegations that Russia helped him win the White House and that he and his allies are too cosy with Moscow, has defended his decision to discuss intelligence with the Russians after media reports of the meeting alarmed some USA and foreign politicians.

Comey's dismissal last week set off a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Congressional investigators are seeking Comey's memos, as well as documents from the Justice Department related to the firing.

While stocks are slipping, gold is on the rise - as is usually the case in times of turmoil. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House and that means before rushing to judgment we get all the pertinent information".

A report by News Max is stating that Representative Justin Amash, republican from MI, says Trump should be impeached if it is discovered that he tampered with the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn by asking James Comey to stop the investigation.

A USA official familiar with the matter told the Post that Trump disclosed "code-word" information, referring to one of the highest classification levels used by US intelligence agencies.

Republicans in Congress are trying to project a business-as-usual approach amid the chaos.

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"We're going to find the leakers". "Move on to tax reform". Two days later, however, Trump contradicted the DOJ by saying that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind when in Comey's sacking.

"The big issue here is that I am convinced the president did nothing that he felt was outside the best interests of the country", Franks said.

Both Putin and the White House have called the story false.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has scheduled a full committee hearing on the FBI's independence for May 24. The FBI is investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Under current USA law, the president has the power to declassify information as he or she sees fit. Making light of the matter at a news conference in the Russian city of Sochi, Putin said Russia was ready to hand a transcript of the meeting to United States lawmakers if that would help reassure them. But the controversy got even hotter on Tuesday when multiple news outlets, citing a memo written by Comey, reported that Trump had asked Comey to back off on the FBI's investigation of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "And we'll see where the facts lead".

The Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have also requested similar records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Afterward, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that "everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation".

Some Republicans continue to stand by their president. Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, said Trump is still positioned to bring needed change to Washington.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated their demands for a special prosecutor. This would be considered obstruction of justice which is an impeachable offense. "At worst, he has obstructed justice".

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