Senate Intelligence Committee leaders demand Comey's notes

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

Trump's abrupt dismissal of James Comey last week stunned Washington.

Chaffetz, who has been criticized by committee Democrats for not taking an aggressive investigative stance toward the Trump administration, wrote the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday seeking copies of 'any and all documentation the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey kept of his communications with President Donald Trump'.

Obama, shortly after last November's presidential election, reportedly warned Trump not to hire Flynn for the national security post, according to news reports - advice the billionaire businessman failed to heed.

On Wednesday's broadcast of Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom", Rep. Peter King (R-NY) reacted to a New York Times report that in February President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Senate Judiciary panel made a similar request to the FBI for documents and also asked the White House for audio recordings, transcripts and notes of talks with Comey on the investigation. Those associates said despite Trump's tweet suggesting he had "tapes" of his conversations with Comey, the White House has produced no such evidence.

Donald Trump gave vent to frustrations over his mounting political problems on Wednesday, declaring that no president in United States history had been treated "more unfairly".

House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz, a senior Republican, said the memo and related documents "raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation". In January, Trump reportedly sought a pledge of loyalty from Comey and failed to obtain it. Santos is expected to ask Mr. Trump, who is making cuts to foreign aid, to renew funding to support a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces.

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King, who generally votes with the Democrats, said, "We don't want to get into the situation where we're charging our president based on any kind of political considerations".

White House Denial No one from the administration would respond to the memo on the record. A key issue Mueller may have to tackle is whether Trump has committed obstruction of justice, an offence that could be used in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

"We need to rally around our president right now".

Trump fired Comey on May 9.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated demands for a special prosecutor.

"At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in a statement.

"On its face, this is a textbook prima facie case of an attempt to obstruct justice", concluded Sen.

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