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Senate Intelligence Committee requests Comey memos

18 May 2017

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., says he too wants more details, but he also notes that Trump's standing with South Carolina Republicans has "actually grown". Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a former state attorney general.

"Congressman Mast believes that Congress needs to have access to whatever Comey memo or notes exist", Mast spokesman Brad Stewart said in an email. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a former US attorney. But the House is in play and its most at-risk GOP members have been quick to sound the alarm about President Donald Trump. The leaders of both committees have said they are prepared to subpoena those materials if necessary.

The Senate Intelligence Commitee announced on Wednesday that they have asked Comey to testify.

Cummings said the Government Reform and Oversight panel needs to subpoena documents for its Russian Federation probe and summon former FBI Director James Comey for a public hearing.

There are multiple obstruction of justice statutes on the books. Comey associates said the president was referring to an ongoing investigation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who resigned a day before the conversation.

Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation. "The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations".

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And in a tweet Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. defended his father.

Longtime Washington defense lawyer Robert Luskin agreed. "I think something as material as that probably would have been something he would have shared, had it happened", he said. "I hope you can let this go", Trump allegedly said.

"My view is that there are a lot of pieces coming together", said Peter Zeidenberg, a former public corruption prosecutor. "I'd like to think somebody from the White House who was in the room is going to get on the phone and tell me what they said". The revelation has fueled claims that Trump might have obstructed justice, which in the past has been treated as an impeachable offense.

Any investigation would pay close attention to the timeline. The FBI is investigating to determine whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation, although no evidence to support the allegation has surfaced.

Flynn was sacked after misleading top White House officials about his contacts with Russian Federation.

The New York Times first, then The Washington Post and other outlets have reported that Trump had asked Comey in a February meeting not to pursue the Flynn probe and pursue reporters in leak cases instead.

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Immediately after the New York Times report Tuesday night, Amash said on Twitter, "The allegations reportedly contained in the memo are incredibly serious". McClintock said he wants to see the memo and hear from Comey before passing judgment.

The person had seen the memo but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The committee also requested that Andrew McCabe, the acting F.B.I. director, hand over any related documents prepared by Mr. Comey about his communications with senior officials from the White House and Justice Department regarding the Russian Federation investigation - including the so-called Comey memo.

Mr Trump urged graduating cadets to follow his example and "fight, fight, fight".

Sunny Hostin followed up by confirming what a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent told Rachel Maddow last night: in Comey's line of work, "If it happened and you didn't write it down, it didn't happen", is the guiding principle. "The Russian investigation is very, very important", Mr. Kasich said, recalling that he had always doubted Mr. Trump's ability to be President.

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