Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

President Trump faces further scrutiny with emergence of Comey memo

In a letter to acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, the Senate Oversight Committee demanded that all memos and other documents or recordings relating to communications between Trump and Comey be turned over by May 24.

Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recently penned a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, requesting access to Comey's notes when Trump allegedly asked him to pull the plug on the inquiry over Flynn.

On Tuesday, the New York Times broke the news that fired FBI director James Comey supposedly memorialized a conversation in which President Trump asked him to shut down the FBI's investigation of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. This Freedom of Information Act request comes two days after another ACLU request for documents relating to Comey's abrupt dismissal last week.

The FBI and several congressional panels are probing allegations of collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation, something the president flatly denies.

King, who generally votes with the Democrats, said, "We don't want to get into the situation where we're charging our president based on any kind of political considerations". Ms. Shiflett's president should clearly be investigated for obstruction of justice. "We need to establish the facts before we jump to conclusions", Rubio said.

President Trump speaks to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in the Oval Office in Washington on April 21.

More questions: Why did Mr. Comey not alert his superiors about Mr. Trump's comments on the Flynn investigation?

Fox News also confirmed Wednesday the existence of the Comey memo.

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The person who described the Comey memo to the AP was not authorised to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The White House vigorously denied it all. There is the Russian investigation which the FBI was conducting, but also there was an investigation I believe, even from press accounts, of what General Flynn told the Russian ambassador and then what he told the FBI agents later.

The Wisconsin Republican says in a written statement that he has wanted investigations that "follow the facts wherever they lead".

Comey had testified exactly 10 years ago in the Senate about his famous hospital-room showdown with former U.S. President George W. Bush's White House aides at John Ashcroft's bedside, CNN reported.

"So, from my point of view, this is of enormous effect for his presidency".

"The liability of others in Trump's likely obstruction of justice will depend on the degree of their knowing and intentional involvement", says ethics guru Norman Eisen.

Responding to news reports about the request, Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he wants James Comey to testify about his conversations with the president before a Senate panel.

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