President Trump Holds Press Conference With Colombia's President Before Overseas Trip

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

"As long as this continues it is hard to stand behind him", he said. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Mr Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions. He said Trump is still positioned to bring needed change to Washington.

"I think it divides the country", he went on.

The existence of the memo was first reported on Tuesday by The New York Times.

The US president stands accused of seeking to stall the politically explosive probe following his shock dismissal of the FBI chief James Comey, and allegations he asked Comey to drop his investigation of a former aide. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said on Wednesday to the United States Coast Guard Academy. "You can't let them get you down, you can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

The turmoil spilled into financial markets.

He added: "As far as I can recall, the Trump administration maybe one month or two months before. had an official ban on laptops on airlines from seven middle Eastern counties and it was connected directly with the terrorist threat".

The top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have invited former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly. The White House has denied that account. That was the White House's position initially after the deputy attorney general argued in a memo that Comey had erred in handling the FBI's investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server, even though Trump had praised Comey on the campaign trail previous year.

Following Comey's firing, Democrats have clamored for an investigation that would be seen as less partisan. "The Intelligence Committee is going to continue its investigation full-steam ahead". Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who would normally have the duty of appointing a special counsel, recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March following the revelation that he failed to disclose conversations with a Russian Federation ambassador to Congress.

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The Comey memo's emergence had congressional Democrats suggesting that the president engaged in obstruction of justice, an impeachable offence.

"Now is the time to gather all the pertinent information", Ryan told reporters after the private.

"There's no collusion. Russian Federation is fine", Trump says.

Trump said Thursday that he respects "the entire thing" but said that he personally has no ties to Russian Federation.

Republicans in Congress are trying to project a business-as-usual approach amid the chaos.

"The comments attributed to President Trump cross a unsafe line", Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce Brown said in a May 16 press release.

Mr Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but "it is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president".

He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

"A special prosecutor is the first step, but it can not be the last".

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