As President Donald Trump considers a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, lawmakers are urging the president to steer clear of appointing any politicians.
Schumer said both he and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked for a "thorough, thorough" inspector general investigation into any interference with the Russian Federation probe and called for public testimony from Comey.
Comey's associates say he is not seeking publicity and that they believe that an open session before Congress is the most appropriate setting.
Trump asked to meet with Comey alone, following a February national security briefing involving Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said the person who is not authorized to comment publicly.
Trump asked Comey to shut down the investigation the day after Flynn was sacked.
"The US White House explained that there was no scandal and it was posted on their website that that everything had been agreed like in the case with other ministers", Lavrov said.
The FBI and two congressional committees are still investigating, so there is not yet any exoneration. It was at that time, Trump asked Comey to "let go" of the investigation into retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a tweet that he has his "subpoena pen ready". Futures on the S&P 500 dropped 0.3 percent, after the benchmark USA stock index slipped 0.1 percent in US trading.
"The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created", Graham said, adding: "I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all. but we don't know all the evidence yet".
The source did not know how many memos Comey had written.
Flynn has been under investigation for a variety of issues, including his payments from foreign entities; whether he violated laws requiring registering as an agent of a foreign government; and his communications with Russian officials.
"There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date, " McCabe said last week in response to a question posed by Sen.
So far 14 people - lawmakers, lawyers and law enforcement officials among them - have emerged as candidates. The move by Chaffetz comes just hours after the disclosure that Comey wrote in a memo that Trump asked him to shut down a federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
A Comey mantra when discussing reconciliation between police and minorities - "It's hard to hate up close" - also reflected his conviction that public skepticism of the bureau could be lessened by greater transparency and a better explanation of FBI actions.
Even without getting to the bottom of what Trump dismissed as "this Russian Federation thing", impeachable offenses could theoretically have been charged from the outset of this presidency.
The administration declined to comment on the existence, or lack thereof, of recording devices in the White House.