Mr Trump may never face impeachment proceedings, but a growing body of USA officials - notably, this group is nearly exclusively composed of Democrats - have been calling for the House of Representatives to seriously consider impeachment. The next day he gave Russians classified information in the Oval Office. His request came after the New York Times reported that Trump allegedly asked Comey to shut down the FBI's investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down in February over his phone talks with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
"I'm very careful to use the word "charges" or 'allegations, ' because at this point, nothing is yet proven and investigations are still ongoing".
Democratic calls for a special prosecutor to lead the Russian Federation probe have intensified after Comey's surprise firing last week and revelations about the memos.
Also Wednesday morning, Rep. "I just want to get the information". Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.
The officials calling for impeachment generally cite a concern that Mr Trump is trying to squash or hinder investigations into his campaign's ties (the White House and Mr Trump have denied those accusations).
If lawmakers get ahold of Comey's Trump memo and others he reportedly wrote, and they confirm Trump tried to coerce the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, it should add pressure against Trump without Democrats having to manufacture it.
U.S. President Donald Trump is unlikely to be impeached anytime soon, but the current political turmoil will derail his pro-growth agenda, Nomura said in a research note Wednesday. "So folks at the state and local level, who aren't going to be involved in the process itself, probably feel a little freer to express themselves".
"I think that it's inevitable that impeachment is a 2018 issue".
"You gotta get the facts, that's why the special prosecutors are very important, the intelligence committee needs to do their job", Tester said.
Democratic House members Adam Schiff of California, second from right, accompanied by Elijah Cummings of Maryland, left, Eric Swalwell of California and Joe Crowley of NY, talks about recent revelations about President Donald Trump on Wednesday. I do this because I believe in the great ideals that this country stands for.More news: Billboard Music Awards 2017: What you missed
But that doesn't necessarily make the tactic cynical. "There are many unanswered questions and facts to be learned and revealed", one Senate Democratic aide said, speaking anonymously to discuss the private thinking of lawmakers.
There is a precedent for a take-it-slow approach. Once the president is impeached, then the senate can have a trial to determine the guilt-whether he's guilty or not guilty to be more specific.
But the Democrats gathered here Tuesday in the heart of the progressive establishment are beginning to speak openly about turning midterm elections into a referendum on whether Trump should finish his term.
Many Democrats and Republicans in Congress, however, are not ready to jump on the impeachment bandwagon just yet. But, the independent counsel is not an impeachment investigator.
Elected Democrats have to date shied away from progressive activists' demands that the party focus explicitly to removing the president. It also has the potential to drive an even deeper wedge of distrust and anger into the already divided population.
Green, who previewed his call with a tweet earlier, said it was the House of Representative's "duty" to take up impeachment. "And no one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office", Schiff told reporters afterwards.
Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation.
Initiating impeachment proceedings is reserved for the gravest abuses of power, including treason, bribery and the more open-to-interpretation offence of "high crimes and misdemeanours". We may never know what the results of that investigation might be.
Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts.