Senate Intelligence Committee invites Comey to testify publicly

Senate Intelligence Committee invites Comey to testify publicly

The US President chose a speech at the graduation ceremony of the newest US Coast Guard officers to hit back following a succession of negative news reports over his sudden decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last week.

Obama, shortly after last November's presidential election, reportedly warned Trump not to hire Flynn for the national security post, according to news reports - advice the billionaire businessman failed to heed.

Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr on Tuesday said the burden on proof is on the New York Times, which first reported the Comey memo, to publish it. He says he wants to determine whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation into Flynn. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

Investigators in the US Senate have now joined those in the House in accelerating their probe into President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Trump himself is helping investigators put all of those pieces together, through interviews, tweets and offhand comments to reporters, said Zeidenberg.

House and Senate committees have immediately - and rightly - requested copies of the memos related to this controversy. Dianne Feinstein of California wrote the Justice Department and the White House on Wednesday seeking documents.

The source of highly classified intelligence that President Trump discussed with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador is considered to be the best source for information regarding external plots by ISIS, according to a new report. Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, countered that Ryan and the Republicans had shown "zero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

Ryan supported the White House.

The newspaper also reported that another associate said the notes of the January dinner conversation contained very nuanced quotes from the president, and a high level of detail.

Soon thereafter another Republican lawmaker was seen supporting the impeachment move. Comey has previously said he would only testify in an open session. Framing political crises as law enforcement matters "has the effect at the end of the day of leaving people with less respect for the legal process than before".