Senate Judiciary Committee requests Comey memos-and Trump's recordings of those conversations

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 20, 2017

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump.

The White House quickly fired back against Comey's memo, saying 'the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn'.

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

The White House has denied reports that Trump pressed Comey to drop an investigation into Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The reports were based on a memo Comey wrote in February after meeting with the president.

FBI Director James Comey during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 20, 2017. Several Republicans said Tuesday after the memo surfaced that Comey should testify to Congress. AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, said the Wisconsin Republican backed Chaffetz's demand for documents.

Most GOP lawmakers tried on Wednesday to tamp down the controversy and head off new investigations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election and potential ties to Trump's campaign.

The memo's emergence, after Trump fired Comey, had congressional Democrats raising the specter that the president engaged in obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense. That's when, Comey later wrote, the president had asked him to ease off Flynn. The Times report cites a memo written by Comey, which appears to provide evidence Trump tried to influence the FBI's investigation into links between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

When a controversy over the use of harsh interrogation flared up in June 2009, Comey's mails made clear that he had not supported the policy. Trump then reportedly expressed disdain for the news media leaking information and suggested to Comey that he consider putting reporters in jail if they release classified information. "I'm not going to get any further comment on that". "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

"Comments such as these, emerging in the way they did, only remind us that every day public servants are reaching out to reporters to ensure the public is aware of the risks today to rule of law in this country", Brown continued.

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

"Obstruction of justice laws do not apply in this case exclusively to the president", Jordan Libowitz of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington tells me.

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