Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed outrage and concern Tuesday night after a New York Times report suggested the president had asked former FBI director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The news comes a day after reports indicated President Donald Trump had revealed highly-classified information to two Russian officials visiting the White House last week, prompting concern about how the administration handled the intelligence and what the report would mean for the country’s relationship with allies. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the White House “has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order.”
Those calls were amplified on Tuesday in response to the Times story, based on a memo Comey created to detail his meeting with Trump the day after Flynn resigned. Comey created similar memos for every meeting and phone conversation he had with the president, the Times reported. The memo was read aloud to reporters by a Comey associate.
Here’s a look at the range of reactions to the news — and on what should happen next — from both sides of the aisle.
What Republicans said
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
“Somebody is going to have to do more than just have anonymous sources on this one for me to believe that there’s something there.”
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)
— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) May 16, 2017
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
American people deserve to hear all facts. Country must have answers. It is clear former FBI Director Comey should testify before Congress.
— Frank LoBiondo (@RepLoBiondo) May 16, 2017
Sen. Charlie Dent (R-Penn.)
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) May 16, 2017
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.)
Director Comey should testify publicly before Congress as soon as possible. — L.L. https://t.co/C4jrYnYeei
— Rep. Leonard Lance (@RepLanceNJ7) May 16, 2017
House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
.@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 16, 2017
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.)
Director Comey's public testimony before Congress is an absolute necessity. We must get to the bottom of all of these alegations forthwith.
— Rep. Carlos Curbelo (@RepCurbelo) May 16, 2017
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
These serious allegations effect our nat'l security & they carry very real consequences. It's time for Comey to testify before Congress.
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) May 16, 2017
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas)
This morning I released the following statement regarding the memo by former FBI Director James Comey: pic.twitter.com/VyQmFdXyX5
— Ted Poe (@JudgeTedPoe) May 17, 2017
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) A Hill reporter tweets:
Amash tells reporters that if Comey memo allegations are true, it's grounds for impeachment. Says he trusts Comey more than Trump.
— Katie Bo Williams (@KatieBoWill) May 17, 2017
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
Congress needs to see the Comey memo.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) May 17, 2017
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) A CNBC reporter writes:
GOP Rep Tom Cole (OK) to me: "While I'm no Comey fan, I won't defend anyone who obstructs justice. time for Comey to appear before Congress"
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 17, 2017
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
“The country is being tested in unprecedented ways,” Schumer said in remarks from the Senate floor. “I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate, history is watching.”
Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) May 16, 2017
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
Independent special prosecutor. Now. https://t.co/7wy0yt5agv
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) May 16, 2017
Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.)
Trump is compromising our national security & tearing apart our democracy from within. Sign if you agree: https://t.co/NoG0Jgr06E
— John K. Delaney (@JohnKDelaney) May 16, 2017
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.)
I don't say this lightly: It is hard for me to see how this presidency doesn't end in impeachment & conviction. https://t.co/OLANX72MAz
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) May 16, 2017
Sen Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
BREAKING (Leahy:) "Memos, tapes, testimony, appt of special prosecutor – all are needed ASAP to get to the bottom of this cascading crisis."
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) May 16, 2017
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
Yesterday, secrets to the Russians. Today, obstruction of justice? When does this end? pic.twitter.com/HBCH8i8PAQ
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) May 16, 2017
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
Latest Trump revelation is prima facie evidence of obstruction. Time for a Special Prosecutor is immediate and urgent.
— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) May 16, 2017
Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.)
It never ends. President Trump’s conduct continues to be suspicious & outrageous. My statement: https://t.co/ITcIR5fDmU
— Albio Sires (@RepSires) May 16, 2017
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.)
— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) May 16, 2017
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)
If true, this is another piece to the puzzle and it does not look good for the White House. https://t.co/wo2ZG8QsPi
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) May 16, 2017
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 16, 2017
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
We are well past the tipping point. When will the GOP put country over party? https://t.co/m9rLtBTDS2
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 16, 2017
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 16, 2017
Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass)
As frmr prosecutor, I believe an obstruction of justice investigation is warranted. Investigation should not be limited to Intel Committees.
— Bill Keating (@USRepKeating) May 16, 2017
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
As I have said before: Congress has subpoena power. Time to use it. https://t.co/I4cm8kYP5p
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 16, 2017
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.)
It is vital that Congress obtain these memos and hear public testimony from former Director Comey.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 16, 2017
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.)
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 16, 2017
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Huge concerns. We need an independent special prosecutor NOW. https://t.co/QL4zu7SVQq
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 16, 2017
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
Why has Trump been going to such lengths to stop this investigation? What's he covering up?
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) May 16, 2017
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 16, 2017
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) May 16, 2017
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)