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Paul Ryan on Russian Federation investigation: 'We need the facts'

19 May 2017

His meeting with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak came a day after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the man leading an investigation into contentious links between members of the President's campaign team and Russia.

This comes on the heels of the bombshell report completely denied by the White House that there was a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing a meeting where President Trump asked him to stop investigating Flynn.

Both allegations fueled calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russian Federation and even raised questions about whether he could face impeachment proceedings.

He joked that some US media were acting like communist newspapers during the Soviet Union and not offering real news.

Russia, despite recent Republican efforts to whitewash its reputation, is not a USA ally. Now, with leaks streaming out of Washington, and a president who has shown himself incapable of sticking to a script, GOP politicians seem to have decided that silence is golden. "But we have an obligation to carry out our oversight regardless of which party is in the White House". "I look forward to this matter concluding quickly", Trump said in a statement.

"But we should pursue all of those allegations - the tone of the president, what he said, the actual words are so important - and that's why we need to hear and soon from Mr. Comey". The success of their agenda, from tax reform to health care, is closely tied to the success of the President. "I think the American people deserve answers".

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Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, once considered a possible Trump secretary of state, said of the administration: "Obviously, they are in a downward spiral right now".

"The obstruction of justice articles of impeachment counts are stacking up, it seems", said one Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to the Daily Beast.

FILE - In this February 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.

Ryan says a House committee has "appropriately" requested a Comey memo describing a February meeting he had with Trump.

Two days later, Flynn's lawyer and transition lawyers discussed the investigation of Flynn. Mr. Comey also needs to testify in open session ASAP.

In previous months, Republican lawmakers were more likely to defend Trump - even after he and his administration made comments and policy changes that generated intense criticism. That began to change after Trump fired Comey on May 9 and continued this week with a report that Trump revealed highly classified intelligence to senior Russian officials, followed by news of his request to drop the Flynn probe.

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"We need the facts". A vocal group of congressional Democrats are also suggesting the idea, and several members of both parties are beginning to grapple with the possibility that impeachment proceedings may loom in the not-too-distant future.

"I don't have to be told - you know, I'm, like, a smart person", he said.

Doubts about the President have grown among Republicans lawmakers.

Collins however is among a growing number of Republicans who are deeply troubled by the White House's woes. First, a majority of the House of Representatives would have to vote in favour of impeachment.

The panel's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a constant Trump critic, called the allegation of Trump pressure on Comey "explosive", and said "it appears like a textbook case of criminal obstruction of justice".

The law states: 'The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors'.

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First, we've got those who are convinced Trump engaged in obstruction of justice.

Paul Ryan on Russian Federation investigation: 'We need the facts'