Senate Judiciary Committee Demands Comey Docs - And Audio

Fernando Stephens
May 18, 2017

"He was concerned", the second source said.

The turmoil surrounding the disclosure of the memo followed a week of chaos at the White House after Trump fired Comey and then discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday if President Donald Trump told the Federal Bureau of Investigation to end a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, then it would amount to obstruction of justice.

In addition Mr Trump is facing pointed questions about his discussions with Russian diplomats during which he is reported to have disclosed classified information. According to sources cited in the report, that intelligence came from a USA ally who had not authorised Washington to pass it on to Moscow.

January 6, 2017: Comey is among a group of four top US intelligence officials who brief the president-elect on their conclusions that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election on his behalf. The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations.

On May 12th, the president tweeted that Comey "better hope there are no tapes" of a conversation. "There are a lot of Republicans that think that no matter what this person does he ought to be allowed to do what he wants to do, that he has the authority to hire and fire", he said. In this past week, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, then trotted out a host of aides to say that it had nothing to do with the FBI investigation into his ties with Russian Federation. He sent memos to his chief of staff that surfaced years later in The Times.

Trump fired Comey last week, with the White House initially claiming it was because of a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that concluded Comey had mishandled the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server.

But Comey's memos raise more questions about Trump's conduct and whether he obstructed an ongoing investigation.

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"The only thing I can say is I think we've seen this movie before".

Trump's Time of Troubles began with the Tuesday Night Massacre: the shocking firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"The president implied in a tweet last week that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Comey", Grassley said. The critical stories were written by newspaper beat reporters: the national-security reporters Greg P. Miller and Greg Jaffe, of the Washington Post, and the Times' man at Justice, Schmidt. "The country is being tested in unprecedented ways". (I know from working on transition planning that he was considering three Republican judges as possible heads of the FBI.) Gore's judgment, like that of Carter and Clinton, was that having a Republican FBI director would prevent any suggestion of partisan favoritism and lend credibility to any investigation that rejected allegations against his administration.

November 13, 2016: In a CBS "60 Minutes" broadcast after the election, Trump says he hasn't decided whether to keep Comey. Chaffetz's letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe requests all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings that relate to any communications between Comey and the president.

Asked what he would advise President Trump to do now, McCain said, "Get it all out".

"Simply put, the Republicans are not doing their job to hold the Republican president responsible", said Congressman Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. I continue to believe that we need a select congressional committee to fully investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election. "I call prosecutors every day and ask them to stop [messing] with my clients and that's not obstruction of justice".

The New York Times says Trump made the request to Comey during a February meeting.

The White House denied the account.

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