Senate Judiciary Committee also demands Comey memos, Trump tapes

McConnell and other leaders are convinced that if they don't deliver, voters will punish them at the polls in the 2018 midterm elections.

McConnell is a delicate position.

Under Chaffetz, the Oversight Committee has gone after Republican and Democratic pet issues alike, including allegations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaked classified information through her private email server.

His party has nine seats to defend next year.

Other Republicans are also sticking by the intelligence committees, saying they weren't confident that an independent commission or special prosecutor was a better option.

So while McConnell stays his careful course, his colleagues ponder and worry.

The tumult in Washington deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

The Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee have also requested similar records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, agreed. White House observers have also said Trump's shifty maneuvers with the media demotivated establishment Republicans from defending him.

Members of Louisiana's U.S. Congressional delegation said Wednesday that they wanted more investigation into this week's bombshell report that fired FBI director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump had asked him to back off an investigation into the president's former national security adviser.

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".

"We no longer live in a world where the USA can set a corporate tax rate without considering what our global competition looks like", John Stephen, AT&T's chief financial officer, told the House Ways and Means Committee. Hours after Ryan's announcement, the committee's chairman, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, tweeted that he has already scheduled a public hearing for next week into the matter and will ask Comey to testify.

"Definitely, there's no question", Loudermilk said. And citing a Washington Post story about Trump revealing classified information to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office a day after firing Comey, Risch said it had been disclosed by "a weasel ... a traitor".

"If we can do that, get that out of the way, it will help", Roberts said of the Senate's policy agenda.

"I can assure that the president's objective and my objective is that we create a middle-income tax cut and that we do not raise taxes on the middle income, if anything, the opposite, we are trying to create a middle-income tax cut", Mnuchin said. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, downplaying the impact of the past week's events.

Trump insisted that any suggestion that he obstructed the investigation or committed an impeachable offense is "totally ridiculous".

He did, however, endorse the idea of Comey's Senate testimony.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited Comey to testify next Wednesday.

The Justice Department announced on May 17 that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein selected Mueller to lead the probe.

"Truly, I get this impression that many USA media are working in this vein".