Bombshell memo on Trump

Gladys Abbott
May 19, 2017

Chaffetz, who holds the gavel on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tweeted Wednesday that he has sent a notice for a meeting on May 24 dubbed "Oversight of the FBI's Independence".

The Justice Department later appointed a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as special counsel to examine possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian meddling in last year's election, which Heitkamp called a "very important step, and one which I've called for".

At issue is a note Comey wrote to himself describing a conversation with Trump on February 14, the day after Flynn was dismissed for having misled Vice President Mike Pence about a telephone conversation with Russia's ambassador.

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSecond Senate committee invites Comey to publicly testify Second Senate panel to invite Comey to testify Senate panel requests any memos, tapes from Comey-Trump meetings MORE (D-R.I.) also told reporters that Grassley would issue an invitation to Comey to testify before the committee.

And then, there's the question of recent demands by ranking Democrats on the House oversight, judiciary and intelligence committees for any possible White House recordings, transcripts or notes memorializing Trump's side of the story.

What is obstruction of justice?

President Donald Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey to end the investigation into ties between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian Federation, according to a memo written by Comey. Central to them is the idea of intent or bad objective, or what Trump may have been thinking when he allegedly told Comey in February that "I hope you can let this go".

More news: Trump denies Comey allegations, collusion with Russian Federation

Asked what he thinks of Trump's presidency, Putin said that it is up to the American people to judge but that his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts. "It's not that I want to understate potential problems, but they're only potential if they're true".

The New York Times said in a separate article that the alleged action by Trump could, in theory, amount to obstruction of justice - an impeachable offence.

"My view is that there are a lot of pieces coming together", said Peter Zeidenberg, a former public corruption prosecutor.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement.

"We invite you to testify at a public hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary regarding the circumstances of your termination as director of the FBI and your interactions with Trump and Obama administration officials regarding the FBI's Russian Federation investigation and Clinton email investigation", they wrote.

The vice president and two spokesmen for the White House said Comey was removed from office on recommendations from Justice Department leaders, who were unhappy with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016.

Trump himself hasn't directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. A Comey associate read parts of a memo copy, which is unclassified, to a Times reporter.

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