Matheson said Republicans are growing exhausted with the Trump administration because the distractions are keeping them from reforming government when they control the White House and Congress. Spicer told the gaggle that that Trump recently spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he insisted that it was about Trump's upcoming trip overseas, and not about how Trump's leaked intelligence reportedly came from the Israelis.
"This has all the markings of a coordinated, silent coup", said Michael Caputo, who worked on Trump's campaign and keeps in touch with administration officials. Yet US allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.
Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.
The Senate's Intelligence Committee said it had asked Mr Comey to appear before the panel to testify, and had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for all relevant documents, including the memo.
The press conference is also the president's first public appearance after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be special counsel to investigate any ties between Russian Federation and The Trump campaign. Trump was not pleased with the news. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as United States politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".
"I don't think I'm in a position to give any advice to President Trump".
And this was all before the tantalizing possibility of a "Comey memo" detailing various attempts by Trump to shut down an investigation of possible ties between former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and Russian operatives.
"I think in the light of day in a public setting he should be able to tell us about the materials, if they're there, and I question whether or not they're actually there", Chaffetz said. "After spending this last week in the district I can tell you". "I'm not going to get any further comment on that". "And the more righteous your fight, the more opposition that you will face".
"Today, the Committee sent two additional letters seeking information related to the Committee's ongoing investigation".
Saudi Arabia says Trump visit will bolster cooperation, trade: foreign minister
McMaster, noted when announcing Trump's decision to visit Saudi Arabia first. No president has ever put Saudi Arabia first so visibly.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, expressed outrage Thursday at a video that appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest earlier this week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.
Chasing tweets and scandals take them away from what they were elected to do, he said.
In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president". The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.
In this May 8 photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington.
While investors would cheer a tax cut, the White House and Republicans have their sights set higher.
"Decisions about what President Trump discusses with anybody that he has in the White House is a matter for President Trump", Ms May told a news conference when asked whether Mr Trump's disclosure had made her reluctant to share intelligence with him.
In late March, former national security adviser Michael Flynn's lawyer said Flynn would agree to testify before Congress about his controversial connections to Russian Federation only if he were promised immunity from prosecution.
The Russia story has already claimed one victim - Mr Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was sacked after misleading the government over his meetings with Mr Kislyak.
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