FBI chief's unceremonious ouster boomerangs on Trump

He also published his letter to the FBI's acting director, Andrew McCabe, urging him to provide all of Comey's documents on meetings with the president within a week.

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies and all investigations".

Congressional Democrats were already concerned that Trump was trying to stifle a probe into possible coordination between his campaign and Russia's election meddling by firing Comey last week.

Donald Trump reportedly asked then-FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and his Russian Federation ties.

Furthermore, in a sensational development, sources told The New York Times and then CNN on Tuesday night that Comey wrote down his account of Trump's request over the probe in a memo that is about to become one of Washington's most famed artifacts. The person was not authorized to discuss the memo by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The latest Russian twist, first reported by the New York Times, comes a week after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey over his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while at the state department.

"It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell observed dryly.

In a scheduled press conference on Wednesday, the speaker of the House of Representatives said it was important to focus on facts.

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After the latest news broke, Josh Blackman, an associate professor of law at the South Texas College of Law in Houston who specializes in constitutional law, called the latest news "problematic".

Criminally speaking, obstructing justice applies to a variety of scenarios - like threatening a juror, retaliating against a witness, or impeding a grand jury proceeding - and Trump's alleged request would not fit neatly into any of them, legal experts said. He called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate.

Some Republicans are voicing support for President Donald Trump following a report that the president asked James Comey to stop an FBI investigation. "We are deeply concerned of the repeated failure of the House Republicans to take action in the face of these onslaught of allegations", he said.

The report cited current and former U.S. officials, who said the president's disclosures jeopardised a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

As FBI director, he was accustomed to hours-long oversight hearings before Congress covering a wide range of topics.

"I think we know enough now, and there has been enough alleged publicly, to want to bring the director back to testify, ideally in open session either before our committee or the Judiciary Committee", Schiff said to reporters.

The White House disputed the account of the Comey memo.

Comey was abruptly fired May 9 and learned of the dismissal as he was giving a talk in Los Angeles.

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Flynn has been at the centre of that investigation shortly after Trump's arrival to the White House.

"He is a good guy", Trump told Comey, according to the memo. He also tweeted a veiled threat last Friday warning the ex-director against leaking information.

The White House has dismissed Comey's version of events revealed by a memo that was described to CNN. The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked C.

Last week, the Republican president fired Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation to influence the election outcome.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the president told Mr Comey, according to the memo.

In a statement, the White House disputed Comey's characterization of his conversation with Trump, saying "the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end an investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

Democrats say that they believe Trump and his administration have shown of a pattern of obstructing the investigations looking into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation to affect the 2016 election.

Earlier, the Republican National Committee sent a tweet highlighting the fact that acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe testified last week that the agency's work was not obstructed at any point. The then-FBI chief shared the existence of such memos with senior staff and his close aides at the agency.

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