"I believe that there are sufficient allegations out there, regretfully many of them from anonymous sources, that the Justice Department should take a look at this". However, a former USA government official told Fox News, "That's not how it works".
In addition to requesting Comey testify, Whitehouse, Graham, Feinstein and Grassley sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe asking for any Comey memos from his Russian Federation and Clinton investigations that detail his talks with top Trump and Obama administration officials, including Trump, former President Barack Obama, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. For example, after his first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned on February 13 over his conversations with a Russian official, Mr. Trump's approval rating remained steady for a week.
"They've just watched over the last 10 days, people who went out on a limb on the Comey firing and said it was result of the memo from the deputy Attorney General, and had their limb sawed off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch", pundit Charles Krauthammer said.
Trump is facing the deepest crisis of his presidency after reports Tuesday about Comey's memo.
But Turley said he isn't convinced that Trump did anything illegal. Trump fired Comey May 9.
"We invite you to testify at a public hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding the circumstances of your termination as director of the FBI and your interactions with Trump and Obama administration officials regarding the FBI's Russian Federation investigation and Clinton email investigation", they wrote. In tweets, Chaffetz added that he had his "subpoena pen ready" and that he has already invited Comey to testify at a May 24 hearing.
The documentation of Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the President has tried to directly influence the justice department and FBI investigation into links between Trump's associates and Russian Federation.
Even Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who is leading the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian Federation and said he was "troubled" by the firing of Comey, didn't make a move toward supporting a special counsel.
CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday if President Donald Trump told the Federal Bureau of Investigation to end a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, then it would amount to obstruction of justice.
Angus King said Trump's actions, if true, run "very close to the legal definition of obstruction of justice", and said Trump could potentially face impeachment proceedings. "One is, when you're put in this situation, you want to make a record, so if the other side ever tells their story, you can pretty clearly demonstrate with contemporaneous records that you acted appropriately", Miller said. "But that's not anyone's place to speculate, the alleged memo has not been released".
This is all despite the fact numerous polls found that a solid majority of Americans don't trust Congress to conduct its investigations fairly.
"The President fired the FBI Director, not the FBI", Kennedy said in a statement Wednesday.
"This isn't going to be real popular, but I don't think so", Turley said.
"To impeach a president, you've got to show intent, you've got to show malice", Abraham said during a phone interview from the U.S. Capitol. "There's a whole litany of boxes that have to be checked, and a memo's just not going to reach that standard".
WASHINGTON (AP) - Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday...
Scalise's spokesman Chris Bond released a statement clarifying his position on the Comey debate. "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.