Anxiety about the probe - and fresh concerns about the political leanings of some of the attorneys involved - is percolating in the West Wing of the White House.
Trump has disputed Comey's account of the conversation about Flynn as inaccurate, although his oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a frequent defender of his father's White House performance, seemed to confirm the gist of it.
It was then that the president allegedly asked Coats if he could help convince Comey to shut down on its investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to officials who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity.
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The statement from the GOP congressman comes hours after it was reported that Donald Trump lost his favorite talking point and is, in fact, under criminal investigation for obstructing justice - an unprecedented development in a young presidency filled with explosive revelations. The interview was first reported by PBS.
There were claims earlier this week that Mr Trump was also considering "terminating" Mr Mueller.
High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the USA election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
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Former FBI director is too close to his successor, James Comey, to be impartial. Then Donald Trump himself seemed to indicate that the FBI's probe into his campaign's links with Russian Federation was on his mind when he chose to fire Comey. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".More news: Apple iOS 11 could make MILLIONS of people's iPhone 5 totally obsolete
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition.
Jeffrey Toobin, a CNN legal analyst, said last month that Trump's request for Pence and Sessions to scram "suggests consciousness of guilt".
The complaint said President Trump had not sought congressional approval for any of the payments his hundreds of businesses had received from foreign governments since he took office in January, even though the Constitution requires him to do so.
However, another Republican, current House Speaker Paul Ryan, told reporters, "I think in the best case for the president is to be vindicated by allowing this investigation to go on fairly and independently. That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out".More news: US Attorney General says he'll address Senate on Comey's allegations against Trump
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