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18 May 2017

But the Comey memo has likely already altered the trajectory of the various investigations swirling around the White House.

Republicans are by and large standing by the president, so there is little chance of impeachment proceedings being launched.

The White House categorically denies the paper's account of events, which could amount to obstruction of justice.

Regular committees: The Senate and House regular committees on intelligence, oversight, and judiciary - which are controlled by the majority part of each chamber - can dig into potential wrongdoing, subpoena records, and call witnesses to testify.

Now, we find that the president had the audacity to ask FBI Director James Comey FBI to compromise his sworn duty and give Michael Flynn a pass on his lying to the vice president and to the FBI about his paid involvement with the Russians and the Turkish government. Then Trump fired Comey, declaring in a television interview that it was at least partly because he was bothered by the FBI's probe of potential coordination between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign. "Sure. But not against a president". Still, he is not subject to the day-to-day supervision of the Justice Department.

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White House lawyers have a duty to protect the interests of the presidency even when those interests diverge from the president's individual concerns, said Savannah Law School professor Andy Wright, a former associate counsel to President Obama. "Never stop doing what you know is right", he said, adding that he had not been elected by the Washington media, but by the ordinary men and women of America.

Even if possible, a criminal prosecution would have its hurdles. Obstruction of justice charges often come down to whether prosecutors can show a person "corruptly" meant to interfere with an investigation. "We need to establish the facts before we jump to conclusions", Rubio said.

To boot, Kislyak was a key figure in the controversy that led to the firing of Gen. Michael Flynn, briefly Trump's national security adviser.

Proving Trump's mental state would be a tall task, but prosecutors could have some clues.

In a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday, the Republican chairman of a House oversight committee, Jason Chaffetz, set a May 24 deadline for the FBI to produce all relevant material relating to any communications between Comey and Trump. "If the president said this, and he said he didn't, it would have been a awful mistake".

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Comey's response could also be an indication.

Late Wednesday, the Justice Department tapped former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be a special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, the department announced.

Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, whose Virginia district holds perhaps the nation's most dense concentration of defense contractors, said the latest Comey issue peaked while the Virginia delegation was meeting with executives from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries.

"I go back to when I was a high school basketball referee: You just have to tune out the noise", Curbelo said.

"But if you're trying to build an obstruction-of-justice case, you might want the president to keep talking, because everything he does is digging a deeper legal hole for himself", Miller suggested. Yet impeachment would not be without its own difficulties, Petalas said, because the House and Senate decide for themselves whether the standard is met.

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A panel in the House of Representatives has demanded the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over Comey's memos. Congressman Al Green Wednesday called for Trump's impeachment on the floor of the House.