Gen McMaster focused on the national security damage caused by the leaks, but in so doing he did not dispute key elements of the Washington Post story - the sharing of the information, the fact that it came from a foreign agency, the Bossert call to the NSA and CIA, and that Mr Trump disclosed the city in which the original intelligence had been collected, potentially putting a covert source at risk. As Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan call for more information before judgment and Democrats like Senator Angus King suggest impeachment hearings are on the horizon for Trump, it's worthwhile to take a closer look at what kind of charges the president could face in the near future.
On Tuesday, Chaffetz said he had his "subpoena pen ready" if legal action is necessary to force the release of Comey's memos. Curbelo even demanded a correction from Mother Jones after the magazine reported that Amash had been the first to call for Trump's impeachment.
Some analysts have argued that this sequence further deteriorated the trustworthiness of Trump's media representatives.
Despite the denial, the latest allegation immediately feeds fresh fuel to the flames that have been grilling Trump's White House since his abrupt firing of Comey last week, distracting his agenda while plunging his administration into a fast accumulating credibility crisis.
For months, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had been saying Congress should set up a special congressional committee dedicated exclusively to investigating Russian Federation, but he did not touch on the idea of a special counsel.
Trump's approval ratings have been hovering in the high 30s and 40s.
The Senate Intelligence Committee and House Oversight Committee also want Comey to testify. "I still need to speak with him...evidently has a new #".
Comey's much-anticipated return to Capitol Hill after his firing last week will provide a venue for the former prosecutor to describe the events leading up to his firing.
For example, Trump's conversation with Comey, along with the fact that he fired Comey just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation director asked for more resources for his Russian Federation probe, could look bad for Trump, O'Sullivan said.
The Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees have requested copies of Comey's memos detailing conversations with Trump, and the intelligence panel on Wednesday invited Comey to testify both behind closed doors and in a public session. Committee aides remained tight-lipped about when Comey might appear. Dianne Feinstein wrote Comey on Wednesday.
The White House has denied Trump prodded Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. A growing list of GOP lawmakers - including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) - joined Democratic colleagues in calling for an independent investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and ties to the Trump camp.
"I don't think impeachment is the move right now".
While the Utah Republican has made his wish to have Comey testify public, he seems to have hit a snag extending the invitation to Comey personally. "There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire America First movement", the email to Trump's supporters began.
As Republicans continue to play for time, Democrats keep hammering away at the administration.
Fellow New York Republican Tom Reed also raised some doubts about simply accepting one memo from Comey on the issue.
Ongoing investigations include a probe of possible Russian collaboration with the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 election. Impeachment. And all of them point to a certain level of potential corruption, or even treason, greatly hindering what was supposed to be a time of tremendous change under the Republican Party, whose agenda has been derailed day after day by a president and White House staff that can not seem to corral their commander-in-chief or keep him off Twitter. Charles Grassley of Iowa and ranking Democratic Sen.