Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Congress seeks Comey testimony as Russian Federation turmoil engulfs Trump


Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the FBI Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump.

Pressure has built on Trump since he fired FBI chief James Comey last week amid an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. electoral process.

Comey wrote that Trump asked him to drop a probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a day after the president dismissed Flynn.

Our request, submitted to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, comes after The New York Times broke the story that Comey had memorialized his meetings with Trump, including one that took place in February, the day after Flynn was forced to resign amidst revelations he had lied about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Patience Tested Congressional Republicans have largely backed Trump through the rocky initial months of his administration, but the events of the past week - Comey's firing, the report that Trump disclosed classified information to Russian officials, and Comey's memo - are testing the party's patience. But other legal experts said investigators would consider a series of interactions among the president, the FBI and the Justice Department about the Flynn investigation and a broader counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Some Democrats in the US Congress have suggested filing an impeachment motion against Donald Trump over his alleged links to Russian Federation.

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This is risky business that the first choice for National Security Advisor turned out to be a liar in the White House. Pence vouched for Flynn in television interviews, using information he's said came from the national security adviser.

Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.

Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, tweeted: '@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. That began to change after Trump fired Comey and continued this week. "The president must be impeached", Green said.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated demands for a special prosecutor.

This is the kind of conversation that rational, experienced presidents know not to have.

The daily, citing two people familiar with the case, said Flynn told the presidential transition team's chief lawyer Don McGahn about the investigation on January 4 - weeks before assuming the highly sensitive post. "At worst, he has obstructed justice". Despite this information, which would be reason enough not to give him the job in the first place, Trump gave him the job, which allowed him access to not only to the president, but to "nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies". The Illinois senator said he wants to see Comey's memos and hear his testimony in public.

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