Four solid months of crisis have taken a toll on the Trump team, with reporters hearing yelling matches break out behind closed doors at the White House and harvesting increasingly dark descriptions of the president's private mood. At their news conference, Ryan and other House Republican leaders talked about National Police Week and their plans to overhaul the US tax code before reporters raised questions about the Trump controversies.
July 5, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls the FBI's decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton the greatest example yet that the system is "rigged". Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.
Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, issued a firm denial: "I was in the room - it didn't happen", he said. The FBI has also probed other Trump associates for possible connections to Russian officials.
Flynn has been at the centre of that investigation shortly after Trump's arrival to the White House.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey, according to the memo.
Mr Trump's supporters hope that trip could be an opportunity to put scandals like the firing of James Comey behind him and to launch new diplomatic relationships.
In the memo, which Comey wrote after a meeting which took place the day following Flynn's resignation, Trump is alleged to have said to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".
There can be broader definitions of obstruction of justice such as Sections 1503, 1505 and 1512 of Title 18, which contains variants of language, making it a crime if someone corruptly "obstructs, influences or impedes any official proceeding", according to the New York Times.
The prospect of a new arm's length confrontation with Comey might also be causing Trump to second guess himself after suddenly firing the former director last week, then admitting on television that he did so because he was frustrated about a Russian Federation probe he has called a waste of taxpayer money.
The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times, which said it was drafted after a February meeting in the Oval Office.
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At one point, the sketch mocked Trump's attempts to distance himself from Russian Federation with a letter from his lawyers . Spicer asked Trump - played once again by Alec Baldwin - after tracking him down. "It's ok, I'm famous".
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Representative Mike Conaway of Texas, who is heading the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russian interference in last year's election, said Tuesday night that members of Congress have to "compartmentalize" amid White House distractions.
The Comey memo's emergence had congressional Democrats suggesting that the president engaged in obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense. Trump tells The Associated Press by telephone after the meeting that he "learned a lot" but declines to say whether he accepted their conclusion about Russian Federation.
But inside the White House, there was a struggle to get any surrogates on TV because no one knew what to say or how to defend the story, one White House adviser said.
Consternation and confusion overtook Capitol Hill on Tuesday as Republicans confronted the revelation that President Donald Trump had disclosed highly classified information to the Russians.
Given the stakes, it now appears certain that Comey will be called out of his premature retirement to testify before Congress about the memo.
"It is not squishy New York Times conservatives who regard the president as a child, an intellectual void, a hopeless case, a threat to national security", Douthat wrote.
Ryan essentially echoed this message in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans earlier Wednesday morning. "The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think makes-it creates a worrisome environment".
Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said of the Trump White House, "Obviously, they are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening".
Senator Susan Collins, the Maine Republican, said it would be "very troubling" if Trump did share "sensitive reporting" with the Russians.
"The Democrats will cry obstruction of justice, which is a crime, and the fascinating thing will be to see if the Republicans join in". Eric Edelman, a former Bush administration State Department official, said that McMaster and other top officials should resign immediately, or else delay "until a resignation becomes part of a push to either force a resignation or the invocation of the 25th Amendment".