Russia cloud settles in over Trump's White House

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

President Donald Trump has been invited by a top Democratic leader to testify before the Senate over his relationship with sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey and the probe into the alleged Russian meddling in the United States polls. Trump "should voluntarily turn them over", Collins said. Trump told reporters he was willing to share his version of his private meetings with Comey with the special counsel overseeing the Russian investigation and hinted that he might have a tape of their conversations. Schumer said that when it comes to a range of issues, Mr. Trump's newness and "the fact that he may not say things so seriously" is "not an excuse".

Last month, J. Brien Comey told CNN in a phone interview that his son was a "straightforward and honest guy" and was sacked "because Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day".

As former White House attorneys have explained to TPM, Kasowitz is tasked with defending Trump personally, a job that inevitably conflicts with what is best for the White House as an institution. "My primary consultant is myself, and I have, you know, I have a good instinct for this stuff". If Trump hadn't violated all good sense and asked for a private session with Comey to ask (allegedly) for loyalty and for him to drop the Flynn investigation, Comey would have had little to testify about, given that he can't talk about the Russian Federation investigation. "No more game playing".

Trump tweeted again in the matter early this morning, this time denouncing Comey for behaving "cowardly" by leaking memos to the press detailing the two men's private conversations.

Trump team has struggled to move the focus away from Russian Federation. If anything, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees are just gaining momentum, while Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are agitating for a bigger role in the obstruction of justice portion of the investigation.

"He said he would testify". Feinstein said she was especially concerned after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers refused to answer questions from the intelligence committee about possible undue influence by Trump.

Sessions has been dogged by questions about possible additional encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions stepped aside in March from the federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The former senator from Alabama told lawmakers at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

If there aren't tapes, he should let that be known. "I don't think that should continue", Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said on "Fox News Sunday".