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>> The Comey memo, so far unrevealed, transforming the political terrain in Washington Wednesday. This latest suggestion that President Trump tried to stifle the FBI's Russia probe, pushing the White House into deeper peril. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where a week ago Democrats were calling for an independent investigation.
Now some pointing to possible criminal activity by the President after new evidence emerged that he pressured FBI Director James Comey to drop the probe in an Oval Office conversation. Legal experts saying Trump may have broken laws against interfering with a federal investigation. That's called obstruction of justice, people go to jail for that and presidents can wind up being impeached, remember that's why Congress went after Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
Trump is not in that sort of danger at this point, but it's getting harder and harder every day for his fellow Republicans to defend him. Lawmakers in both parties now clamoring for the detailed notes Comey took soon after he met with the President, leaving a paper trail for investigators.
He's likely to testify to Congress in the coming weeks, which will be like nothing this town has seen since the Watergate investigation transfixed the nation's capitol in the early 1970s. But a lot would have to happen before Congress moves in the direction of impeachment. Trump's Republicans are in charge, and they are by and large sticking with him for now.
Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan resisting calls for an independent investigation.>> Now is the time to gather all the pertinent information. Our job is to be responsible, sober, and focus only on gathering the facts. That is what Congress does in conducting oversight of the executive branch.
>> For Trump and his presidency, this still comes down to politics. Even if the evidence is strong, the Justice Department is highly unlikely to bring criminal charges a sitting President, impeachment is how they usually resolve this sort of issue. Trump's Republicans control both chambers of Congress and they're unlikely to act until the political costs of doing nothing become higher then the political costs of breaking with their President.