FBI misses deadline to turn over Comey memos on Trump
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 22:30
Chaffetz, the House Oversight Committee chairman, did not respond well to the denial. However, Comey will leave that decision up to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Gregory Brower, the FBI's assistant director for congressional affairs, said the bureau can't provide the documents without consulting former bureau chief Robert Mueller, who's been assigned as special counsel in the case.
"In light of this development and other considerations, we are undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interests implicated by your request are properly evaluated", the letter said. "We will update this response as soon as possible".
"I requested those [Comey's] memorandum and any related notes, summaries, and recordings".
A week after the Senate Intelligence Committee announced former FBI Director James Comey would testify, no date has yet been set for the hearing.
Earlier Thursday, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz told acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that he wants records of Comey's contacts with the White House and Justice Department dating to September 2013, when Comey was sworn in as FBI director under President Barack Obama.
Mueller was appointed to spearhead the FBI's Russian Federation probe after a slew of explosive news stories that posed questions about the president's and his associates' ties to Russian Federation. Trump fired Comey May 9 amid questions about the FBI's investigation.
He also met with Russian officials in the Oval Office the day after firing Comey.
The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued Thursday amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials. Later, it emerged that he had called Comey a "nut job" during the meeting and said that firing him had taken off "great pressure".
"Congress does not conduct criminal or counterintelligence investigations; rather Congress's power of inquiry is rooted in part in its duty to oversee the Executive Branch's faithful enforcement of the laws that Congress enacted", Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz doubles down on request for FBI memos Chaffetz on leaving Congress: "At some point, you've got to get off this insane train" Feinstein: Comey memos "going to be turned over" MORE (R-Utah) wrote in a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.