House Speaker Paul Ryan says he supports the appointment of a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as special counsel investigating allegations that Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign worked together to affect last year's election.
But the attorneys add that a reasonable person could understand Trump's alleged words as seeking to influence the investigation.
The White House says Mr Comey was sacked because of his handling of the Clinton email investigation.
House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz hopped in front Wednesday, saying that he has scheduled a hearing with Comey for next week - even though he hasn't talked with him yet.
The FBI and several congressional panels are probing allegations of collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation, something the president flatly denies.
Asked what he thought of Trump presidency, Putin said it was up to the American people to judge but his performance could be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone was hampering Trump's efforts. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.
"You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve, and that are not always warranted, but you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight!" Never ever, ever give up.
Authorities said Russian Federation meddled in November's election to benefit Trump. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, sent a letter Wednesday asking Comey to testify before the committee in both open and closed sessions.
"I hope you can let this go", Trump allegedly said, according to a memo written by Comey that was described to multiple media outlets. He hires his family members for top White House jobs, lies constantly and invents wild accusations that can't be substantiated, like his claim that former president Barack Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower. Ryan backed Chaffetz's request.
His appointment comes amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.
Legal experts told Media Matters that Trump's conduct could be seen by Congress as obstruction of justice, and Congress could impeach Trump on those grounds. It's independent, independent commission, independent investigator. Asked if he trusted Comey or Trump, Amash replied: "I think it's pretty clear I have confidence in Director Comey".
"It is not proof of an impeachable offense any more than it is proof of a crime", argues Turley. "Obstruction of justice was the number one charge against Bill Clinton, which led to his indictment in the house, he won in the Senate". A small number of Democrats also have mentioned impeachment.
Meanwhile, Trump's mood "has become sour and dark" and he has unleashed his fury on his staff, including son-in-law Jared Kushner - calling them "incompetent", The New York Times reported.
But U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, took a more favorable approach to Trump.
The day after Comey's ouster, Trump received Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and its ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, to whom he divulged highly classified intelligence, according to the Washington Post.
South Carolina's senior senator wants the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump to testify on reports Trump told him to drop an investigation into an aide linked to Russian Federation.
While the White House denied access to the meeting to U.S. media, the Russians published photos of Trump smiling and shaking hands with his Russian guests, a move that angered the White House.
"As far as hacking, I think it was Russian Federation", he said, but then added: "It could have been others also".
Zeidenberg, the former federal prosecutor, said Trump has helped build a case against himself.
"We now do not have all the information - and we need to see it before we comment further", Gardner said in a statement.
Mr Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but "it is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president". "Each blow complicates the political calculations, strains relations between the White House and Congress, diminishes the President's leverage, and raises the spectre of bigger shoes" to drop, he said.
"As we continue to gather facts regarding the intelligence information shared with Russian officials, I encourage this administration to disclose as much information as possible", Valadao said. "So there are a lot of unanswered questions". The allegations spurred Republican oversight leaders to demand information from the administration.
Second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin told reporters, "Each day as this unfolds, this pattern of obstruction of justice grows".