More Republicans back independent probe of Trump-Russia ties

A small but growing number of U.S. President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans called on Wednesday for an independent probe of possible collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia, and one even mentioned impeachment, spurred by a memo from the fired FBI chief that Trump tried to impede the agency’s investigation.

The tumult in Washington deepened over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI’s investigation into ties between Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia.

U.S. stocks are on track for their worst day in almost two months and the dollar dropping as investors fled risky assets amid uncertainty about the president’s ability to deliver on tax and regulatory changes. Prices of bonds, regarding as a safe haven in times of market turbulence, rallied.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan insisted the Republican legislative agenda was not becoming paralyzed.

James Comey, whose firing as FBI director last week triggered a political firestorm, wrote a memo detailing Trump’s comments to him in February saying “I hope you can let this go,” referring to the Flynn probe, a source who has seen a memo written by Comey said on Tuesday.

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