House oversight panel chairman Chaffetz to depart Congress June 30
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 5:11
Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of a judiciary subcommittee investigating Russian Federation, said that Comey should testify before his Senate panel about his discussions with Trump over Flynn, who resigned earlier this year.
"If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn,"Chaffetz wrote to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe".
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley requested copies of communications between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey to shed light on the president's interactions with a man whose recent ouster drummed up unanswered questions across the political spectrum. The senators had previously asked Comey to testify in closed session this Tuesday, but he declined.
As chair of the oversight committee, Chaffetz has played an active role in the Congressional investigation of President Donald Trump's potential links to Russian Federation.
The Senate intelligence and judiciary committees both sent requests for Comey's documents, detailing his conversations with Trump.
"OK, well, he's got to come in and tell us why", Graham said.
It also wrote acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe seeking "any notes or memorandum" prepared by Comey regarding communications he had with Trump prior to the president firing him last week.
"At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power". The New York Times first reported Tuesday that Comey's own record of a February 14 meeting with Trump, showed that Trump requested Comey kill his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".
Despite the previous claims by the White House, that Trump "acted based on the clear recommendations" of the Department of Justice, he actually made the decision ahead of receiving them from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
President Trump fired Comey last week following which the administration officials provided multiple, conflicting accounts of the reasoning behind the dismissal.