Republicans are starting to defy Trump on Russian Federation

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USA stocks were on track for their worst day in nearly two months and the dollar dropped as investors fled risky assets amid uncertainty about the president's ability to deliver on tax and regulatory changes.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr says the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel is a "good decision" that "assures the American people that there's no undue influence" in the probe of Russian meddling in last year's election.

Trump removed Comey in the middle of an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

The New York Times said that during the Oval Office meeting, Trump condemned a series of government leaks to the news media and said the Federal Bureau of Investigation director should consider prosecuting reporters for publishing classified information.

The comments by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings came as Democrats sought to force a House vote to establish an independent commission to investigate Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation. "The Russian investigation is very, very important", Mr. Kasich said, recalling that he had always doubted Mr. Trump's ability to be President. "But everybody in this country gets a fair trial, including the president or anyone else".

President Donald Trump didn't appear to break any law by sharing highly classified information with Russian Federation, but that doesn't make it any less problematic for America's intelligence agencies and their overseas partners. However, he has been a consistent critic of Trump, as well as an opponent of House Republican leadership, and his views are not widely representative.

The letters came from Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, ranking member Dianne Feinstein, Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham and ranking member Sheldon Whitehouse. To date, no Republican has publicly voiced support for impeachment.

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Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams".

Flynn resigned in February, a day before Comey reportedly wrote the memo, after it emerged that he had apparently misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US.

"If that actually happened and Comey didn't report it to the House, he should've been fired right then", Alabama Rep.

Mr Putin said he was pleased with Mr Lavrov's visit to Washington last week but mocked the idea that Mr Trump had shared secrets during the meeting, calling the allegations "political schizophrenia" and saying people spreading them are either "dumb" or "corrupt".

"I think we've seen this movie before", the Arizona Republican said at a dinner to receive the International Republican Institute's Freedom Award.

"I think our congressional delegation is really trying to stay focused on the things that matter most, which is the agenda", Boyd Matheson, president of the Sutherland Institute, said, listing issues such as Bears Ears National Monument and health care.

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