More US Republicans back independent probe of Trump-Russia ties

“They also called on the White House to provide records of interactions with Comey, including any audio recordings”. Then another political bombshell exploded Tuesday night.

In a memo written in February, Comey wrote that Trump asked him during a one-on-one meeting to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, The Times reported.

They are asking McGahn to hand over any recordings tied to “the FBI’s investigation of alleged ties between President Trump’s associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda”.

Separately, The Washington Post reported today that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. The contents of the memo have subsequently been confirmed by other news organizations, including Bloomberg, although the memo itself has not yet surfaced publicly.

In a statement released by the White House, Trump said: “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity”. The memo’s emergence, after Trump fired Comey, had congressional Democrats raising the specter that the president engaged in obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.

And he adopted a skeptical tone toward the reports that have the White House in chaos and lawmakers scrambling to respond.

The Kremlin has ridiculed the flap in the US over allegations of possible collusion between members of Trump’s campaign during his run for the White House and the president’s seemingly cozy relations with Putin. The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories that Trump fired Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation.

“If the U.S. administration considers it possible, we are ready to submit a transcript of Lavrov’s talk with Trump to the U.S. Senate and Congress, if, of course, the U.S. administration would want this”, Putin said. Comey wrote the memo documenting the conversation with Trump because he was uneasy about the president’s request, even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation director didn’t consider it a direct threat, said the person who received a copy. “He is a good guy”.

A separate letter, addressed to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, sought notes or memos written by Comey about conversations he had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Republican Representative Steve Knight on Tuesday said he joined “many of my colleagues in supporting the assignment of a special prosecutor to take over the ongoing FBI investigation”.

Putin’s comments followed Monday’s revelation by the Washington Post that Trump had disclosed highly classified information to the Russian diplomats that a US ally had provided on condition that it be kept confidential.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., followed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., finishes a news conference at the Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He said no president “has been treated worse or more unfairly”.