Would Trump request to end Flynn probe have broken law?

The New York Times was the first to report on a February memo by Comey that suggested Trump asked him to lay off Flynn.

And commentator David Gergen, who advised three Republican presidents (including Nixon), connected the dots last night: "I think we're in impeachment territory now for the first time".

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 Kremlin isn't commenting on the details of the classified information that President Donald Trump shared with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador last week.

Kaine said the next move is for Congress to hear directly from Comey and Mr. Trump, with any notes or alleged tapes of their conversations, in order to sort through what was asked of Comey.

A Republican lawmaker has acknowledged the "i-word": impeachment. They came from David Gergen, the typically moderate, mild-mannered CNN analyst and former aide to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as US politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

Democrats and a number of Republicans said they wanted to hear from Comey, who was sacked last week a day before Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian diplomats.

The speaker has also been a champion of only conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the US election through the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, even as there are clear questions about the impartiality of members on those panels.

The tumult in Washington deepened on Tuesday over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

The commotion around Trump's statements on Flynn has somewhat obscured his no less chilling request that Comey jail journalists for publishing information based on leaks - something that has never happened in the history of this country.

How did the supposed memo come to light? The airwaves are now crowded with breathless talk about obstruction of justice and Trump's legal position, but those analyses are beside the point. And please let us know if you are happy to be contacted by a BBC reporter. Hours after Tuesday's report by The Times, there was a shift among congressional Republicans, who until now have resisted criticising Trump, or holding him accountable for all his actions.

After Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, Jones and Amash again joined the ranks of Democrats calling for an independent investigation into Russia's possible ties to the Trump administration. After the story broke Tuesday, staffers found that the president hadn't provided a readout of the conversation. Instead, the White House press office released an emailed statement denying Comey's version of events. "You can still see blood on the floor here for what it cost them to get that through the House", Himes told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in an interview from the U.S. Capitol.

The White House issued a furious denial after the notes were disclosed late Tuesday, near the end of a tumultuous day spent beating back potentially disastrous news reports from dawn to dusk.

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