Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Comey may have been using memos to build a case against Trump

As for Mr Comey, whom Mr Trump fired last week, the FBI director wrote in a memo after a February meeting at the White House that the new president had asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of Mr Flynn and his Russian contacts, said a person who had read the memo.

"Today, the Committee sent two additional letters seeking information related to the Committee's ongoing investigation".

Then came the news that former FBI director James Comey had documentation of his meeting with Trump in which Trump asked him to step back from the investigation of Flynn.

The committee also asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to give the committee any notes that Comey might have made regarding discussions he had with White House or Justice Department officials about Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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 Russian Federation. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as US politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

"We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time", said Sen.

Democrats badgered Republicans to stand up to the president, and demanded access to the transcripts of Trump's meeting last week with two Russian diplomats. In it, Comey said Trump pressured him to stop investigating Flynn, calling him "a good guy" and adding, "I hope you can let this go". Trump, in interviews, has complained that Comey was "a showboat" and that new leadership at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was needed badly.

"There are serious concerns that the president may have improperly tried to obstruct an FBI investigation".

Flynn left his post in February after media reports that he misled the vice president about his contacts with Russian Federation.

House Intelligence Committee vice chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Congress needs to see any documents created by Comey. Yates was sacked soon after because, the White House said, she refused to defend the president's travel ban in court. "I hope you can let this go".

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Collins however is among a growing number of Republicans, including Senator John McCain and congressman Adam Kinzinger, who are deeply troubled by the latest White House scandals, and how a party that helped sweep Trump into office may now have to sit in judgment of the president.

"I'm hard pressed to find a prosecutor who would just look at this and say, OK, just move along", said Jeff Cramer, a former federal prosecutor. "We need to get those notes, if they exist, that Director Comey took of this conversation", Schiff told ABC on Wednesday.

"We need the facts", Ryan said.

Comey should accept the invitations from Congress to testify in public.

More questions: Why did Mr. Comey not alert his superiors about Mr. Trump's comments on the Flynn investigation? He ominously called the Comey memo, "the greatest danger of his life".

The US President said in a speech that nobody had been treated "more unfairly" than him and that "adversity makes you stronger". Then Trump fired Comey, declaring in a television interview that it was at least partly because he was bothered by the FBI's probe of potential coordination between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign.

Other Republican members of Michigan's congressional delegation acknowledged that the Comey memo raises questions but stopped well short of Amash's agreeing that reports are true, it could be ground for impeachment.

Said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: "He's probably glad to leave town, and a lot of us are glad he's leaving for a few days".

Ryan's aides countered by pointing out that in the same July 2016 opinion piece where he called for Clinton to be denied classified briefings because of her email practices, Ryan also said those briefings could resume if she were actually elected. There may be a day when it's no longer politically feasible for Republicans to stick with Trump, but it has not arrived, even though some Republicans are warning that their agenda will stall if the White House doesn't put some of the questions behind it. At their news conference, Ryan and other House Republican leaders talked about National Police Week and their plans to overhaul the United States tax code before reporters raised questions about the Trump controversies.

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