Comey's account of his conversation with Trump raises serious questions about whether the president engaged in obstruction of justice by pressuring the FBI director to shut down the investigation.
On May 9 President Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey, spurring many who had suggested previously that Comey should be fired, to make an about face suggesting that Trump's firing of Comey was further evidence of a Russian Federation conspiracy.
A separate letter, addressed to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, sought notes or memos written by Comey about conversations he had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to the Russian Federation investigation.
Trump fired Flynn in February from the key White House posting after routine USA eavesdropping on foreign officials showed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington in the weeks before Trump assumed power in late January. "He is a good guy". Subsequent reports by the New York Times revealed that Trump had pressured Comey for loyalty and asked him to curtail the FBI's investigation. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump supposedly told Comey.More news: Speeding vehicle hits pedestrians in New York City, 1 dead
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Putin did wade into the US debate over the true role of Russian interference in last year's election, and seemed to give backing to the notion that Washington and Moscow have common interests that they should advance. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, on Wednesday said the committee planned to invite Comey to testify during a public hearing next week.
On Tuesday, the House intelligence committee also requested similar documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If Trump does have taped conversations with Comey, they may well end up as part of an investigation into whether he fired Comey because he wouldn't end the Russia-related investigations.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also planned to ask Comey to testify, The Hill reported. The FBI is investigating to determine whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation, although no evidence to support the allegation has surfaced.