ockwaves rippling through Washington, Wednesday morning. As the White House tries to contain the biggest crisis so far for the Trump presidency. The revelation at the heart of it, that a memo written by former FBI director James Comey, and seen by a source. Says US President Donald Trump asked him to end the agency's investigation.
Into ties between former White House National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and Russia. Reuters correspondent, Julia Aynsley.>> Democrats have long been calling for an independent investigator to come in and lead the investigation. And with Comey's firing, those voices were raised. Now with this evidence, they're going beyond that.
Saying even more so, is there a need for a special independent prosecutor. But they could be even be talking about impeachment. If this turns out to be true, Trump could be looking at charges of obstruction of justice. And definitely, interfering with a federal investigation.>> The reaction on Capital Hill was swift and fierce.
Republican Senator John McCain invoking the Watergate scandal at an event Tuesday night.>> We've seen this movie before. I think it's reaching a point where it's of Watergate size and scale.>> Others, like South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham say, Senate needs to get the full story.>> If Mr. Comey is alleging the President did something inappropriate, his actions.
It's an open invitation to come to the Judiciary Committee, to tell us about it. I don't wanna read the memo, I want to hear it from him.>> Democrats also expressing their outrage.>> The country is being tested in unprecedented ways. I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate, history is watching.
>> In my decades here, I've never seen anything like this.>> Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, said his Committee is, quote. Going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. Adding, I need to see it sooner rather than later I have my subpoena pen ready.
Setting a deadline of May 24th for the FBI to produce all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings. Referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President.>> Republican speaker of the House Paul Ryan backing Chaffetz. The White House on Tuesday denied the memo's version of events, telling reporters, quote.
This is not a truthful, or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey.