WASHINGTON (AP) - Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that â€śno politician in historyâ€ť has been treated worse. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against â€śrushing to judgment.â€ť
Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but â€śit is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president.â€ť Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, countered that Ryan and the Republicans had shown â€śzero, zero, zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump.â€ť
The White House has denied reports that Trump pressed Comey to drop an investigation into Trumpâ€™s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. In addition Trump is facing pointed questions about his discussions with Russian diplomats during which he is reported to have disclosed classified information.
Also Tuesday, in an extraordinary turn of events, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trumpâ€™s discussions with the diplomats.
The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. Trump himself said he had â€śan absolute rightâ€ť as president to share â€śfacts pertaining to terrorismâ€ť and airline safety with Russia. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.
Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trumpâ€™s meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed.