Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Top Republican senator invokes Watergate scandal after Comey memo emerges

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. If it were me, I'd say one appearance, period. "I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale", Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is openly comparing Trump's ongoing scandals to Watergate.

Trump also used Thursday's joint press conference with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to decry the FBI's investigation into alleged collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, describing it as a "witch hunt" and denouncing it for "dividing the country".

For the process to be initiated, a simple majority of the House of Representatives must vote accordingly.

"The president and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation".

"It's a centipede where the shoe continues to drop". "Every couple of days there is a new aspect of this really unhappy situation".

"When I chose to just do it I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, '" Mr Trump told NBC's Lester Holt. "And the longer you make a delay, the longer it's going to last".

The Senate Intelligence Committee also wants Comey to testify both publicly and in private.

"I think we're at the position now where it's time for an independent commission or a special prosecutor or whatever", Kinzinger told CNN Wednesday, adding that it was the first time he had made such a call.

"I place more trust in the account of Oval Office meetings with the National Security Advisor than I do with unnamed sources", Lamborn said in a statement on social media.

The Illinois congressman argued that people are drawing conclusions based on their political affiliations, "not by the rule of law".

But a leading US Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply.

In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday, Chaffetz questioned the existence of Comey's memos involving President Donald Trump.

His concerns surfaced again earlier this week after another report revealed that Trump discussed highly classified information while Russian diplomats were visiting the White House. 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".

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