Warner: Comey should testify
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 0:01
They're the second and third committees to ask for the Comey's memos after the House Oversight Committee.
Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, tweeted that he's asked Comey to testify at the hearing.
The move comes after Chaffetz wrote to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday, requesting "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communication between Comey and the president".
Now-former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing on the FBI on Capitol Hill May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The intelligence committee is now hoping that McCabe, the acting FBI Director, will hand over the memos Comey wrote "regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials" related to the Russian Federation probe.
Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., also sent a request Wednesday for Comey to testify before their panel in both open and closed sessions.
Adding to the furor, The New York Times first reported Tuesday on claims that Trump asked Comey to end a bureau probe into then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Russian Federation contacts. But some testimony will necessarily be behind closed doors, because "unlike the White House, we treat classified information with the appropriate respect and follow the rules", Warner said.
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 frantic activity in Congress showed signs that more Republicans were starting to show serious concern about Trump's actions following the Comey memo bombshell.
President Trump fired Comey last week following which the administration officials provided multiple, conflicting accounts of the reasoning behind the dismissal.
Grassley added it was likely the Judiciary Committee would hold a hearing on the matter.
He stressed that there were two Congressional investigations and an FBI investigation, inquiries he wouldn't micromanage or speed up to meet media desire.
This, however, requires the support of a majority of members of the House of Representatives.
Warner said he expects the FBI's McCabe to respond within "72 hours" to the requests for the memos but wouldn't say if the committee would make those public.