Chaffetz Invites Comey to Testify to Oversight Committee

Alvin Kelly
May 18, 2017

There was also Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., who voted against the dog's-breakfast health-care bill, who put out a statement when Comey was sacked, which read in part: "I can't defend or explain tonight's actions or timing of the firing of FBI Director James Comey".

Sen. Angus King, an independent, expressed similar views, telling Politico that Trump's actions, if proved, could expose him to impeachment proceedings.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan insisted that Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, were not seeing their legislative agenda mired, but the controversy enveloped Washington.

"The president has been very clear, this is not an accurate representation", he said of Comey. The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations.

But senior Republicans who'd started the week deflecting concerns about Trump's mishandling of intelligence sought a sober reaction to the latest revelation - that Trump allegedly attempted to kill the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

On Monday evening, the Washington Post reported that Mr Trump had discussed highly secret information that had been provided by the intelligence agency of a U.S. ally about an ISIS terrorist threat involving the use of laptop computers on aircraft. Shortly after noon on August 9, 1974, he addressed his staff, stepped into his Marine helicopter and levitated from the South Lawn of the White House and to exile in California.

The vice president and two spokespeople for the White House said Comey was removed from office after recommendations from Justice Department leaders, unhappy with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. "Reporters are protected by judges and juries, by a congress that relies on them to stay informed, and by a Justice Department that for decades has honored the role of a free press by spurning prosecutions of journalists for publishing leaks of classified information".

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Mr Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

Burr and Warner also called for Comey, who hasn't appeared before the committee since his May 9 firing, to testify in closed and open sessions. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment". He also said "it is obvious" that some people want to harm Trump. "There are a lot of unanswered questions". I worry that they are not. He won in the Senate and I think, I'm a lapsed lawyer. Adversity makes you stronger. "Don't give in. Don't back down and never stop doing what you know is right". During a commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy, Trump urged graduating cadets to follow his example and "fight, fight, fight".

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The news that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to halt his probe into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn set off a chorus of calls from members of Congress for evidence.

"We need the facts". According to John McCain, Trump's scandals are "reaching Watergate size and scale".

"There needs to be serious changes at the White House immediately", said Senator Patrick J Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican.

No, James Comey's memo doesn't prove anything in and of itself. Robert Mueller became director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation one week before the 9/11 attacks, and was in that post for 12 years under two administrations: Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama. White House aides refused to say whether the information pertaining to the group's bombmaking capabilities was classified.

Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the Republican president fired Flynn on Feb 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations a year ago with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

She cited TrumpĀ“s out-of-court comments about the judge overseeing the Trump University fraud litigation as an example.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, said, "Congressman Tipton supports the House Oversight Committee's request for Mr. Comey's documents".

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