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The standoff between Trump and his former FBI director intensified with the news of Comey's memo saying that Trump asked him to shut down the agency's investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said.

"I hope you can let this go", Trump told the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, according to the memo as cited by the New York Times, which first reported its existence.

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says Donald Trump should respond to the allegations that he fired FBI Director James Comey for refusing to halt an inquiry into Russian matters.

Asked on his way out of the news conference whether he still retained confidence in Trump, Ryan replied: "I do".

On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress needs to gather all relevant information before "rushing to judgment".

Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the Justice Department name a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian Federation matter.

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The Senate committees' requests came as the chairman of House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, requested all "memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings" between Trump and Comey.

'If the president is not above the law he should be charged by way of impeachment by the US House of Representatives'. "In order to gain the credibility, it may be that we need to look to an independent commission or special prosecutor".

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a Senate intelligence committee member, said on CNN's "New Day" she did not support a special prosecutor for the investigation.

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Other Democrats have joined Mr Green in floating the idea of impeaching The President. On Tuesday night, Fox News host Bret Baier told viewers that while they were trying to get someone from the administration (or even outside the administration) to go on camera to comment on the Comey memo, they couldn't find any.

The reports were based on a memo Comey wrote in February after meeting with the president.

And Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), whose suburban Minneapolis voted for Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points a year ago, echoed the call for "an independent investigation that the American people can trust with confidence".

Other reports by GizPress

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