Senate demands Comey memos and Trump tapes as probes ramp up

Virginia Carter
May 20, 2017

After Trump fired Comey, the president appeared to threaten the former director on Twitter, writing that Comey "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations". In addition Trump is facing pointed questions about his discussions with Russian diplomats during which he is reported to have disclosed classified information.

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. In this memo, Trump allegedly says, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Critics fear that America's allies will be loath to share sensitive material with USA intelligence agencies if they fear the information could end up in the wrong hands.

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen.

Politico reported that the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have also requested Comey's memos. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also sent a letter today demanding that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over the memo in question, along with any other records documenting Trump's communications with Comey, by next Wednesday.

The news sent Congress scrambling for the documents. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as United States politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

"What else will the people generating such drivel and nonsense think of next?" he said.

With an FBI investigation gathering pace, its director, James Comey, was sacked last week.

Striking a defiant stance, he added: "You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. And the more righteous your fight, the more opposition that you will face".

The memos and testimony could prove explosive, given reports that Trump asked Comey to quash an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn shortly after Flynn was forced to resign.

We don't yet know how straight the line is from the FBI's investigation to Comey's dismissal, though Trump did indicate last week that the Russian Federation investigation played a role in his decision.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's sharing of highly classified intelligence with Russian Federation could cause a problem with efforts to seek cooperation from allies in dealing with North Korea, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday. He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

If the events in the memo happened in the way that Comey says, President Trump would find himself likely being impeached by the House of Representatives.

Our request, submitted to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, comes after The New York Times broke the story that Comey had memorialized his meetings with Trump, including one that took place in February, the day after Flynn was forced to resign amidst revelations he had lied about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

In this May 8 photo, then-FBI Director James Comey speaks to the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington. The request came the day after a report that President Donald Trump asked Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation and Turkey, per a memo Comey wrote after his February meeting with the president.

The White House denied the account.

When asked about the issue, Representative Justin Amash, of MI, said interfering in an FBI investigation into Mr Flynn could be the basis of such a case "if the allegations are true". Flynn was forced to resign on February 13 amid questions over his contact with the Russian ambassador to the United States and discussions of USA sanctions.

The intensifying drama comes as Trump is set to embark Friday on his first foreign trip, which had been optimistically viewed by some aides as an opportunity to reset an administration floundering under an inexperienced president.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation.

"Obstruction of justice in the case of Nixon, in the case of Clinton in the late 90s, has been considered an impeachable offense", Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said on CNN Tuesday night, while cautioning that he wants to know the facts before suggesting impeachment was on the table.

The frantic activity in Congress showed signs that more Republicans were starting to show serious concern about Trump's actions following the Comey memo bombshell. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

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