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"We have laws and rules in this country and when there are investigations, there are certain things that you cannot do", said Fitzgibbons. I guess that's why we won.

"We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House oversight committee to request this memo", AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House speaker Paul Ryan, said in a statement.

Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now calling for a special prosecutor to investigate.

Unfortunately, the White House has been anything but forthcoming about that.

This request comes after The New York Times revealed on Tuesday the existence of documents that Comey wrote shortly after having conversations with Trump.

And William Yeomans, a fellow in Law and Government at American University Law School, noted the OLC memos are the view of the executive branch: "The OLC makes law for the executive branch; their opinions are not binding anywhere else; the courts are not bound by OLC opinions; this issue has never been addressed by a federal court".

"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", the White House statement said.

Kasich was a vocal critic of Trump throughout the campaign a year ago and declined to attend the GOP convention that took place in his home state of Ohio.

If Trump recorded their conversations, as he bizarrely suggested in a tweet, such evidence could also be crucial.

Chaffetz sent a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, demanding that the agency produce all "memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings" of Comey's meetings with Trump no later than May 24.

Comey wrote in a memo that Trump asked him to walk away from the Flynn probe, declaring that Flynn was a good man and asserting to his Federal Bureau of Investigation director, "I hope you can let this go".


Kasich argued that he tried to raise alarms about Trump during the campaign past year.

"The American public is exhausted of attempts to derail, dismiss, and devalue this investigation, and I will settle for nothing less than a full account of Comey's meeting with President Trump", Sewell said in a statement. But they do agree that impeachment is the only punishment Trump would face. Sanders conceded that there is usually a learning curve for a president and mistakes will be made, but argued "there is something unusual about this president" and questioned whether he had "an authoritarian-type mind".

When the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, President Barack Obama notably said in an interview with Fox News, "I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America's national security".

When Kasich wasn't willing to go as far into speculating Trump's intentions, Sanders asked him directly: "Is Trump a liar?"

And, yes, if he resists, they can also threaten to go public with any number of highly embarrassing things he is certain to have said and done behind closed doors with them and with other members of Congress. We need the facts. "This is what caused President Nixon to resign from office".

"Wait a minute. Stop", said Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, when a reporter told him the latest twist to the White House imbroglio. Trump "is not one that's going to sit there and talk for too long".

And this is where it gets really complicated for Republicans, who have spent their entire careers as the party of national security, family values, and conservative principles, but now have a president who seems to challenge at least one of those principles every day.

"I think John is thinking about becoming a democratic socialist", Sanders quipped in a reference to his own political identification.

"I don't have any doubt you're not becoming a serial, entrepreneurial Republican", Kasich said in return.

The episode capped weeks of serial bad headlines for Trump, beginning just after he sprinted past the 100-day benchmark with declarations that his administration was the most accomplished ever.

For his part, Kasich said he wasn't sure but wanted to "keep a voice".

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