Reacting to the appointment of a special counsel to probe his campaign's ties with Russia, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a thorough investigation will prove that no such collusion took place.
"Increasing doubts over President Trump's ability to proceed with his economic policies will likely hurt USA dollar momentum for the time being, even though expectations for bold U.S. economic policy had already declined before this", analysts said.
Trump blasted that decision, echoing his Thursday morning tweets and comments he made over lunch with network news anchors that the Russian Federation investigation is a "witch hunt" that "divides the country".
Trump said in a written statement that he looks forward to "this matter concluding quickly".
"In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country", he said.
Comey - who Trump fired May 9 - wrote a memo memorializing a discussion with the president about Flynn and the FBI's investigation, two sources close to the former FBI director who had seen the memo confirmed to NPR.
"My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted". He also highlighted the "very, very strong recommendation" he got from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "We need the facts", Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said in reaction to the explosive reports of Trump's request to the now-sacked James Comey, coming on the heels of claims he shared USA secrets with Russian officials in the Oval Office.
In a letter to acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, Chaffetz demanded the bureau turn over "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring to or relating to any communications between Comey and the president" by next yesterday. "The important ongoing bipartisan investigation in the House will also continue", Ryan said.
Earlier, Texas Democrat Al Green had become the first member of Congress to go to the House floor calling for Trump to be impeached, citing the mounting scandal over Trump's ties with Russian Federation as proof Moscow interfered in last year's presidential elections.
Cutting across party lines, top American lawmakers welcomed the Mueller's for the investigation. He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.
Mueller was credited with transforming the FBI, putting more resources into counterterrorism investigations and improving its cooperation with other USA government agencies.