GOP leaders joining Ryan at the news conference spoke about beginning the process of tax reform with a hearing on Thursday, and Ryan said lawmakers will press on with legislative priorities even as they try to answer questions about Trump. "And that means, before rushing to judgment, we get all the pertinent information".
Come's memo details the February 14th meeting when he was alone in the Oval Office with President Trump. But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".
That common stance began to shift late Tuesday after media reports surfaced that former FBI director James Comey had written memos alleging President Donald Trump pressured him to halt an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.
In dismissing Comey last week, Trump created the very real possibility that a respected law enforcement official known for an outspoken nature and willingness to buck political convention could resurface in public.
A source close to Comey confirmed to ABC News that the former FBI director, who was sacked last week, was asked by Trump in February to end the investigation into Flynn's actions, according to a memo Comey wrote about his conversation with the president. And he is a member of the Democratic minority, which has little power to move ahead on investigations or to begin proceedings to remove the president from office. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index slipped Tuesday to the lowest level since November on reports the president revealed sensitive intelligence to the Russians.
Comey was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election when he was sacked by Trump. However, Amash has been a consistent critic of Trump, as well as an opponent of House Republican leadership and his views are not widely representative.
The White House has denied the allegations, stressing that Trump has never asked Comey or any other official to close the investigation into Flynn's alleged ties with Russian Federation. Comey's written account of the meeting is two pages long and highly detailed, the associates said.
News of the Comey memo added to tension in financial markets already reacting to concerns about the Trump administration.
"We need the facts".
Meanwhile, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) called the memo a "textbook. case of an attempt to obstruct justice".
The top Democrat on a key House oversight panel says Speaker Paul Ryan "has shown he has zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump". Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) told reporters Wednesday morning that, if the Comey allegation is true, it would be grounds for impeachment ― and that he trusts Comey a lot more than he trusts Trump. As a skilled Washington official, Comey obviously knew to leave a paper trail behind him, both to justify his actions and secure his place for posterity. Putin even suggested that Russian Federation share the records of last week's talks between Trump and Lavrov with the U.S. Congress, if the White House approved.