South Carolina's senior senator wants the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump to testify on reports Trump told him to drop an investigation into an aide linked to Russian Federation. On Monday, the ACLU filed a FOIA request for records related to Trump's dismissal of Comey amid concerns that Comey was sacked in an effort to derail the investigation.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz put out formal notice of a committee hearing with Comey, a day after a bombshell New York Times report quoted memos purporting to show President Trump trying to get him to back off an investigation of former national security advisor Mike Flynn.
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.
Ryan supported the White House.
Chaffetz, in his role as committee chairman, on Tuesday requested any "memoranda, notes, summaries and records referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the president".
The Comey firing and the reports of Trump's attempt to curb the Flynn investigation led to calls from lawmakers, Democrats and some Republicans, for appointment a special prosecutor in the Russian Federation investigation. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.
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The sources for the Yahoo News story did not clarify how Trump contacted Flynn, and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "I hope you can let this go".
He added: "Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media". The Flynn investigation was part of a broader probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.
The White House has denied the allegations of obstruction of justice.
The intelligence was originally gathered by Israel, the New York Times said, and pertained to an Islamic State plot to hide bombs in laptops to blow up civilian aircraft.
Trump, who in the past was part of the so-called "birther movement" that did not believe President Obama was a USA citizen, and led crowds at his campaign rallies to chant "lock her up!" towards former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following her email scandal, told the graduates to "never give up". The House eventually passed it by a whisker, but the controversial act faces a tough battle in the Senate.
According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.