Two Senate panels seek Comey memos, Intel wants testimony

Cameron Gross
May 18, 2017

They might be remembered as the most consequential 72 hours of the never-dull Trump presidency.

White House aides are right to decry the leaks behind the extraordinary revelations.

The White House has denied that Trump attempted to influence the investigation. The Illinois senator said he wants to see Comey's memos and hear his testimony in public. "When we get to the bottom of it, then we can make the appropriate decisions, and sometimes those are difficult and hard decisions you have to make".

The Wisconsin Republican was asked on his way out of a news conference whether he still had confidence in Trump, and he responded, "I do".

UPDATE: Comey has been invited by the Oversight Committee to testify next Wednesday, May 24.

Mr. Flynn resigned as NSA after it emerged that he gave the Vice-President an inaccurate account of a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. The conversation recorded in the memo took place on February 14, the day after the President asked Mr. Flynn to resign. And we're not hearing that happened. "I think this is another example of whatever Trump does gets the worst possible spin".

Amash, a member of the hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus and chairman of the Liberty Caucus, has been calling for an independent commission to investigate the Trump administration's alleged ties to Russian Federation. The number of signers "demonstrates all across the country that people want to see our constitution defended at this critical moment in history", he said. Several came to his defence and sought to close ranks. Yates was sacked soon after because the White House said she refused to defend the president's travel ban in court.

In an address to the newest group of U.S. Coast Guard officers, Trump urged the 195 graduates in the Class of 2017 to "put your head down and fight, fight, fight" when life presents them with challenges and adversity. The contents of the memo have subsequently been confirmed by other news organizations, including Bloomberg, although the memo itself has not yet surfaced publicly.

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Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee made the same request.

"I don't know why people are getting spun up about obstruction here", Luskin said.

"Any time I read about intelligence in the paper it's of great concern because that's what the oversight committee's supposed to be concerned with", Burr added. "Leaving aside that numerous Democrats have themselves "demanded" the firing of Comey and that Comey himself notes that the FBI Director can be fired for "no reason" at all, the comparisons are not only blatant partisan nonsense, they diminish the historic process which lead to President's Nixon's resignation in the summer of 1974", Michael Madigan, former assistant minority counsel on the Watergate Committee said Wednesday. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 3 Senate Republican. And the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering doing the same.

The House came back into session late Tuesday.

Ryan essentially echoed this message in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans earlier Wednesday morning.

"If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn", Chaffetz wrote. "If you've ever wondered what you'd do if forced to decide between party and country, this is that moment", No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL said in a tweet directed at Ryan.

The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials.

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