Fractious House panel at center of latest Trump probes
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 0:12
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday became the third congressional committee requesting any memos fired FBI Director James Comey wrote about his communications with President Donald Trump and other top US officials, and the committee also asked the White House to provide recordings of interactions with Comey.
Then there was the further sensational suggestion that the President had asked the FBI boss to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Given that Comey reportedly made a habit of taking notes, the committee also asked the FBI for any notes Comey took from interactions with former President Barack Obama, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, regarding the Clinton email investigation or Trump associates' alleged ties to Russian Federation. Then he left and wrote detailed notes, according to the source.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on the details of the memo.
"He was concerned", the second source said.
"Adversity makes you stronger", Trump said, without explicitly mentioning the firestorm created by the revelation of Comey's detailed memos about his conversations with the president.
Republican Representative Steve Womack said it was important for committees investigating the R us sia matter to move forward expeditio us ly to both ensure that the public gets answers and to clear the way for Congress to move on to other issues. White House statements are about as believable as those issued regularly by the Kremlin.
The news came within a week of Trump's dismissal of Comey and a day after reports that Trump had shared classified information with Russian Federation.
Comey was sacked last week as the FBI investigates whether Trump's presidential campaign associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome in his behalf. But you can't bring a criminal investigation against a sitting USA president under American law and instead you have to proceed by impeachment.
On May 12th, the president tweeted that Comey "better hope there are no tapes" of a conversation.
The FBI said they have no comment on the Times story.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation he promised to lead about President Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director and his presidential campaign's ties with Russian Federation.
Comey has a history of memorializing controversial conversations and issues - he did so during the George W. Bush administration, where he served as deputy attorney general, with respect to those controversial "enhanced interrogation techniques" used by the Central Intelligence Agency on terror detainees in the wake of 9/11.
Mueller's specific job description tells him to carry on the investigation that Comey was overseeing plus "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".
"When I made a decision to just do it [fire Comey]", Trump told Holt.
"They've sort of gone into hiding right now and I think that's an indication of how alarmed they are".
Asked if he's spoken to Comey, Warner repeated that he believes "very strongly" that the public will hear from Comey soon.
Multiple committees have now either requested his memos or testimony, some also asking for any White House recordings of Russia-related meetings. The House Oversight and Government Reform and Senate Intelligence committees have already requested any Comey memos.
A US House of Representatives spokesperson has said that it was "obvious" that there were people who wanted to "harm" President Donald Trump by leaking documents of former FBI Director about alleged pressure exerted on him by the mogul.
Democrats immediately pounced on The Times' report and called on their GOP colleagues to push for the truth from the White House.
The Democrats were Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Sens.