Chaffetz sets hearing with Comey - but can't reach him

Fernando Stephens
May 19, 2017

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'.

FBI Director James Comey during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 20, 2017.

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.

President Trump's own interviews, tweets and comments to the press are helping investigators determine whether he obstructed justice.

President Donald Trump didn't appear to break any law by sharing highly classified information with Russian Federation, but that doesn't make it any less problematic for America's intelligence agencies and their overseas partners.

The claim by fired FBI Director James B. Comey that President Trump asked him to shut down an investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn is potentially the most explosive development in the unfolding saga of investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

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By late morning, some people were still filling out forms manually, but the hospital said 70 percent of systems were back online. Nonetheless, officials and security firms seemed optimistic, telling news outlets that the spread was starting to slow.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams". One of the subpoenas, according to the Times, demands "records, research, contracts, bank records, communications" of documents related to Flynn.

House Republican Justin Amash of MI said that it may have been an abuse of his office. That's when, Comey later wrote, the president had asked him to ease off Flynn.

The White House said it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr Comey".

The White House has denied the allegations of obstruction of justice.

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.

Soon thereafter another Republican lawmaker was seen supporting the impeachment move. And even if it did, they said, Comey would come out for the better.

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