Senate Intelligence Committee leaders demand Comey's notes

Cameron Gross
May 19, 2017

The move sparked outrage from Democrats, who accused Grassley of using the committee to help Republicans in the 2016 elections.

And Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), whose suburban Minneapolis voted for Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points a year ago, echoed the call for "an independent investigation that the American people can trust with confidence".

A top Republican senator is comparing former FBI Director James Comey's memo about his conversation with President Trump to the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation.

The letter specifically requests any "recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda" related to conversations between Comey and Trump.

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 Comey memo caused alarm on Capitol Hill and raised questions about whether Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation. The Intelligence panel has sent a request for Comey to publicly testify before the committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the case "impairs the willingness of other allies to share intelligence with us". According to multiple news sources, one of those memos documents a conversation in which President Trump urged Comey to close the bureau's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

According to reports of the memo's contents, the president asked the other people present in the Oval Office at the time, including Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to leave the room.

White House Denial No one from the administration would respond to the memo on the record.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

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.

The commotion around Trump's statements on Flynn has somewhat obscured his no less chilling request that Comey jail journalists for publishing information based on leaks - something that has never happened in the history of this country.

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