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Ryan has confidence in Trump and cautions against a rush to judgment

17 May 2017

WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee says he will seek copies of any memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his meetings with President Donald Trump. On Tuesday evening, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to McCabe requesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation provide "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President" by May 24.

"I am sure we are going to want to hear from Mr. Comey about why, if this happens as he allegedly describes, why he didn't take action at the time". Trump said to Comey that Flynn was a good guy, to which Comey agreed, the person said.

Many have called for a special prosecutor to lead the FBI's probe in Russia's links with the Trump campaign.

"I was in the Nixon administration, as you know, and I thought after watching the Clinton impeachment I'd never see another one", Gergen told host Anderson Cooper.

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"It looks like it's very bad for the president, for Mr. Trump", Dean told CNN on Tuesday.

The bombshell Comey news came as the beleaguered administration was still struggling mightily to explain Monday's revelation that the president had disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and the country's ambassador to the United States.

Earlier that day, Ryan delivered in a speech in OH on tax reform, where he was chased by reporters asking him about the Comey story.

Comey, who was known to keep a paper trail of sensitive meetings, chronicled the president's request soon after the February Oval Office meeting with the president, an associate who has seen the memo told The Associated Press.

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The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement.

"If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn", Chaffetz wrote.

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. "I have my subpoena pen ready". He said that the term "corruptly", as used in the statutory language for obstruction of justice, means "with the intent to secure an unlawful benefit for oneself or another".

The senators have requested that Comey -who was sacked by Trump last week - appear before the committee "in both open and closed sessions", according to a press release. After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching". The White House has denied that report. Politico's Jake Sherman tweeted that he's "hearing a lot of this from TV Folk" and the White House is "not providing surrogates".

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"What I think is really stunning is that nobody, not even from the White House, has come out under their own name in defence of the President here", Mr Krauthammer said.