Senators have invited Donald Trump to testify under oath after he said he would be "100 per cent" willing to answer questions on the Russia investigation and the supposed tapes of his conversation with former FBI Director James Comey.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told CBS that he wanted to invite Mr Trump to testify before the Senate.
“I think we could work out a way it could be dignified, public, with questions, with Leader McConnell.”
He added he would have to consult with prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged ties between Russia, interference in the election and Mr Trump’s campaign.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein and Republican Senator Susan Collins, who sit on the Intelligence Committee, backed up Mr Schumer’s call for the President to testify.
Mr Mueller’s probe has now widened into why Mr Trump fired former FBI Director Comey, and whether, as per Mr Comey’s testimony, the President pressured him to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Mr Flynn was forced to resign after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communication with the Russian ambassador.
The biggest names involved in the Trump-Russia investigation
The biggest names involved in the Trump-Russia investigation
1/11 Paul Manafort
Mr Manafort is a Republican strategist and former Trump campaign manager. He resigned from that post over questions about his extensive lobbying overseas, including in Ukraine where he represented pro-Russian interests.
2/11 Mike Flynn
Mr Flynn was named as Trump's national security adviser but was forced to resign from his post for inappropriate communication with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. He had misrepresented a conversation he had with Mr Kislyak to Vice President Mike Pence, telling him wrongly that he had not discussed sanctions with the Russian.
3/11 Sergey Kislyak
Mr Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, is at the centre of the web said to connect President Donald Trump's campaign with Russia.
4/11 Roger Stone
Mr Stone is a former Trump adviser who worked on the political campaigns of Richard Nixon, George HW Bush, and Ronald Reagan. Mr Stone claimed repeatedly in the final months of the campaign that he had backchannel communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and that he knew the group was going to dump damaging documents to the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton - which did happen. Mr Stone also had contacts with the hacker Guccier 2.0 on Twitter, who claimed to have hacked the DNC and is linked to Russian intelligence services.
5/11 Jeff Sessions
The US attorney general was forced to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation after it was learned that he had lied about meeting with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
6/11 Carter Page
Mr Page is a former advisor to the Trump campaign and has a background working as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Mr Page met with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Mr Page had invested in oil companies connected to Russia and had admitted that US Russia sanctions had hurt his bottom line.
7/11 Jeffrey "JD" Gorden
Mr Gordon met with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 Republian National Convention to discuss how the US and Russia could work together to combat Islamist extremism should then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump win the election. The meeting came days before a massive leak of DNC emails that has been connected to Russia.
8/11 Jared Kushner
Mr Kushner is President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a key adviser to the White House. He met with a Russian banker appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December. Mr Kushner has said he did so in his role as an adviser to Mr Trump while the bank says he did so as a private developer. Mr Kushner has also volunteered to testify in the Senate about his role helping to arrange meetings between Trump advisers and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
9/11 James Comey
Mr Comey was fired from his post as head of the FBI by President Donald Trump. The timing of Mr Comey's firing raised questions around whether or not the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign may have played a role in the decision.
10/11 Preet Bharara
Mr Bahara refused, alongside 46 other US district attorney's across the country, to resign once President Donald Trump took office after previous assurances from Mr Trump that he would keep his job. Mr Bahara had been heading up several investigations including one into one of President Donald Trump's favorite cable television channels Fox News. Several investigations would lead back to that district, too, including those into Mr Trump's campaign ties to Russia, and Mr Trump's assertion that Trump Tower was wiretapped on orders from his predecessor.
11/11 Sally Yates
Ms Yates, a former Deputy Attorney General, was running the Justice Department while President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general awaited confirmation. Ms Yates was later fired by Mr Trump from her temporary post over her refusal to implement Mr Trump's first travel ban. She had also warned the White House about potential ties former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to Russia after discovering those ties during the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's connections to Russia.
Mr Trump told journalists last week he would testify, and when asked about the “tapes” of his private conversation with Mr Comey, he said he would provide the answer “within a fairly short period of time”.
“Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. Don’t worry,” he said.
Mr Trump’s defence lawyer Jay Sekulow acknowledged that the President had agreed to be questioned under oath, but he refused to rule out whether Mr Mueller would also be fired in the future.
“The president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside,’’ Mr Sekulow told ABC News.
“I’m not going to speculate on what he will or will not do.’’
Mr Mueller was FBI Director while Mr Comey was deputy Attorney General until 2013, when Mr Comey replaced him as head of the intelligence agency.
Mr Comey denied submitting his testimony last week to Mr Mueller to review before reading it at the Senate.
Mr Comey was dismissed by the President last month via a letter delivered by a body guard to the FBI headquarters.
During his testimony last week, Mr Comey did not say he had been dismissed due to his involvement in the Russia investigation.
He said the President had lied that the FBI was in disarray, and that Mr Trump wanted assurances he would be “loyal” and that he himself was not under investigation.
Mr Comey also confirmed he had his friend leak a series of memos he had written about his relationship with the President to the press.
Mr Trump responded on Twitter, “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”Reuse content