Even Sean Hannity will shy away from a lost cause.
As with many of Putin's maneuvers, his offer to release a record of the White House meeting with Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and its Washington ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, seemed created to unnerve and confuse. "Everybody thinks so. And again, we have to get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have".
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said Tuesday the recent developments are reaching a Watergate levels.
Comey was very apprehensive heading into a dinner with the president in late January, because of his previous encounters with Trump during the transition and immediately after the inauguration, the Post reported that one associate said. The Flynn investigation was part of a broader probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".
Trump's critics contend several of his top campaign aides - including onetime campaign chair Paul Manafort, adviser Carter Page and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn - had suspicious, if not illicit, contacts with Kremlin-linked officials. It was later revealed that Comey had allegedly written memos documenting Trump's efforts to pressure him into dropping the investigation into Flynn.
Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump.
The White House was also warned by acting attorney general Sally Yates that Flynn might be blackmailed by the Russians for misrepresenting his conversation with the Russian ambassador to Vice President Mike Pence. "I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion", Trump told reporters.
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.
The associates recounted how anxious Comey was about meeting with Trump and recalled conversations in which they brainstormed how to handle moments when the president asked for details of an investigation.