Jason Chaffetz Needs James Comey's Phone Number

Alvin Kelly
May 18, 2017

Also Tuesday, in an extraordinary turn of events, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trump's discussions with the diplomats. Behre and other lawyers said an experienced adviser would begin by explaining the legal consequences of President Trump's freewheeling statements and tweets. But that explanation imploded when Trump admitted in a television interview that "when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said, "you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story'".

Many Republicans, such as Rep. Paul Mitchell of Dryden, have said they want to let the congressional investigations into Russian Federation handle the matter.

During a press briefing aboard Air Force One, Spicer was asked to respond to the news that former FBI Director James Comey had written memos accusing Trump of trying to derail an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

However, Comey's firing four years into a 10-year term was accompanied by supporting documents that chastised him for his handling of an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's e-mail, even though at one point Trump last year praised Comey for reopening that probe.

Mr Trump has not directly addressed the latest allegations that he pressured Mr Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

Other European officials said that relations with the US are going better than they thought they would when Trump was elected. Trump reportedly asked Comey, who was overseeing the investigation into Flynn, to "let it go", raising questions about why Trump later suddenly fired Comey as the investigation continued.

President Donald Trump's decision to disclose allegedly classified information to Russian officials could threaten vital foreign intelligence ties, testing key allies' confidence in the United States just days before the U.S. leader heads to the Middle East and Europe. "Never, ever, give up". Moscow has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion it meddled in the campaign to try to tilt the election in Trump's favor.

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Chaffetz is not the only one who has reached out to Comey - the Senate Intelligence Committee invited Comey to testify in both closed and open sessions on Wednesday as well - so those "networks" should be pretty easy to find.

It also asked the White House to provide records of interactions with Comey, including those "relating to the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, or memoranda", according to a statement. But he has set a hearing for May 24.

The requests to the Federal Bureau of Investigation went out as 33 congressional Democrats sent their own message to Chaffetz and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. Justice Department lawyers under presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton also concluded a president can't be indicted because it would interfere with his constitutionally assigned duties.

Obstruction of justice is a felony offense for anyone who "obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct or impede the due and proper administration of the law" when it comes to legal proceedings "being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation in being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress". Even then, his testimonial would have little effect unless he could make it undeniably clear to a large group of Republicans that Trump has obstructed justice in some way.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, said if the Comey memo is accurate, it could be grounds for impeachment. "But everybody in this country gets a fair trial, including the president or anyone else". But Vice President Mike Pence and Republican congressional leaders should stop looking the other way. The reality of the situation is that unless Trump voluntarily steps down himself, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell must agree that he must be removed from office, and the Republican majority must pursue impeachment charges.

"What you have is contemporaneous documentation of Comey's recollection of what the president said", said Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel under President Barack Obama. Only an attorney working for Trump can give the president unvarnished, unconflicted advice without fear it will become public.

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