Trump denies asking Comey to end Flynn investigation

"Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way shape or form, to close or back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?".

He said it is "totally ridiculous" to think he's done anything that would amount to an impeachable offense. Trump repeated that he felt the probe was akin to a "witch hunt" during the Thursday press conference.

Comey said the incident was one example of what he believed were times Trump tried to create a public image that showed Comey was on his side.

"I think the shot to the body is it's now considered a criminal investigation, and Congress' ability to conduct investigations into all things Russian Federation has been severely limited", Sen. "The FBI has not had that special reputation [after] what happened in the campaign; what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign - and even, you could say, directly or indirectly, with respect to the much more successful Trump campaign".

As the White House received the news Wednesday evening that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had chosen a special counsel, they issued a statement attributed to the president.

Curbelo urged the creation of a select committee to investigate possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Rosenstein would be questioned about a letter he wrote accusing Comey of missteps as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, including his handling of an election-year probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The probe included a look into possible Flynn ties to the Kremlin.

"The intensity of that [poll] support might be gradually eroding, however", Real Clear Politics concludes, using Sanford as an example of the slipping support for Trump.

McCain overheard by reporters saying on Tuesday that Trump's scandals are "reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale".

The Mueller appointment will, at least temporarily, relieve some of the pressure on congressional Republicans who've publicly complained that the constant drama and serial controversies at the White House were hindering their ability to work on their policy agenda.

Bipartisan lawmakers had criticized Comey for his handling of investigations related to Trump and his electoral opponent Hillary Clinton. "We need a law enforcement professional, not someone who's run for office before", she said.

Pressure has built on Trump since he fired FBI chief James Comey last week amid an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the United States electoral process.

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.

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