Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Republicans in Congress are preparing to investigate President Trump

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has scheduled a full committee hearing on the FBI's independence for May 24. "The country deserves answers to the questions raised and former Director Comey deserves an opportunity to be heard and if appropriate, challenged".

At issue is a note Comey wrote to himself describing a conversation with Trump on February 14, the day after Flynn was dismissed for having misled Vice President Mike Pence about a telephone conversation with Russia's ambassador.

Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, raising questions about whether he was attempting to interfere in the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russian operatives seeking to meddle in last year's presidential election.

On May 9 President Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey, spurring many who had suggested previously that Comey should be fired, to make an about face suggesting that Trump's firing of Comey was further evidence of a Russian Federation conspiracy.

The White House denied the report, and released a statement saying "the president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation
The president's frustration has been building since he abruptly fired Comey. Michael Flynn at the White House on February 1.

Democrats are pressing the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates to assess the impact of President Trump sharing highly classified information with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting last week. "I do (have confidence in Trump)", he told reporters at a news conference. White House observers have also said Trump's shifty maneuvers with the media demotivated establishment Republicans from defending him.

It asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to hand over any notes Comey has of conversations between the White House and Justice Department officials about the Russian Federation probe.

"We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time", said Sen. That's when, Comey later wrote, the president had asked him to ease off Flynn.

"If the allegations are true, yes", the Michigan Republican said when asked if the allegations are grounds for impeachment. Those associates said despite Trump's tweet suggesting he had "tapes" of his conversations with Comey, the White House has produced no such evidence.

Graham said the sooner Comey can speak to Congress on the matter, the better.

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