Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

No politician in history treated more unfairly than me


The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday became the third congressional committee requesting any memos fired FBI Director James Comey wrote about his communications with President Donald Trump and other top USA officials, and the committee also asked the White House to provide recordings of interactions with Comey.

The committee gave McCabe until Wednesday, May 24, to fulfill the request.

Congressional Republicans - members of Trump's party - were also expressing concern about the latest revelations, which raise questions as to whether Trump broke the law by obstructing an investigation into potential links between his campaign team and Russian Federation. "I call prosecutors every day and ask them to stop [messing] with my clients and that's not obstruction of justice".

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the president told Comey, according to the memo. "Quit investigating, damn it'".

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says he too wants more details, but he also notes that Trump's standing with South Carolina Republicans has "actually grown".

Fourth, a Washington Post report had Trump revealing highly classified intelligence information pertaining to the activities of a USA partner to the Russians that could put allies in jeopardy.

The Judiciary Committee is also expected to hold hearings tied to Russia's election interference, leaders said in a release. The following day, The New York Times reported, Trump asked Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave a national security meeting so Trump could speak with Comey alone.

But Democrats said they think Republicans have not yet done enough.

US President Donald Trump has complained that "no politician in history" has been treated worse as pressure mounted over his firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

The committee's letter to the FBI asks the agency to hand over the Comey memo if it exists, as well as other documents "memorializing interactions he had with Presidents Trump and Obama, Attorneys General Sessions and Lynch, and Deputy Attorneys General Rosenstein, Boente, and Yates regarding the investigations of Trump associates' alleged connections with Russian Federation or the Clinton email investigation".

"We've learned that if the reporting is accurate, that the president is willing to directly interfere with an active investigation".

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Congress should proceed in an energetic and fair-minded manner and be prepared, if needed, to use subpoena power to secure relevant documents. "It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president", the Wisconsin Republican said.

"I'm convinced that the president did nothing that he thought was outside the best interest of the country", said Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.

Trump removed Comey in the middle of an FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Schumer said in a brief, somber floor speech Tuesday that he was "shaken" by the report that Trump asked Comey "to shut down an active investigation into a close political associate".

Democratic lawmakers have demanded that the Justice Department name a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian Federation matter.

The person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The FBI declined to comment Tuesday.

"I'm sure we're going to go on to hear from Mr. Comey about why, if this happened as he allegedly describes, why didn't he take action at the time?".

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has demanded memos, recordings and other materials that Comey may have prepared, with a deadline of next week.

Trump hinted last week in a tweet that there could be "tapes" of his conversations with Comey.

Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, expressed a similar view today on the Comey matter.

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