Two Senate panels seek Comey memos, Intel wants testimony

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"Next question", Trump told a news conference when asked if he "in any way, shape or form" ever urged Comey, whom he fired on May 9, to close down the investigation into Michael Flynn.Comey's firing was one in a series of jarring developments that culminated on Wednesday in the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel to probe possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.They included media reports that Trump discussed sensitive intelligence on Islamic State with Russia's foreign minister. "No heads up, I don't think the speaker's office got a heads up.it caught us totally out of the blue", he said. Trump said, so that he can focus on issues like jobs, the military, and health care. As FBI director, he was accustomed to hours-long oversight hearings before Congress covering a wide range of topics.

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Asked if he trusted Comey or Trump, Amash replied: "I think it's pretty clear I have confidence in Director Comey".

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., also argued an independent commission would have the resources necessary to fully investigate the president's actions. If Republicans continue to protect Trump, they will go down with the President. Putin made light of the matter at a news conference in Russian Federation, saying Moscow was ready to hand a transcript of the meeting to U.S. lawmakers if that would help reassure them. But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly". "Zero", he told the news conference, standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment". After Tuesday's revelation, the White House said in a statement, "While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

Trump removed Comey in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian interference in the the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

"The documentation of Mr. Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation".

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Shortly after Warner's comments, the committee released a statement from him and chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, reiterating their request for Comey to testify and to acting director Andrew McCabe to turn over documents "regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to investigations into Russia's efforts". He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

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

Comey's memos could be valuable in any obstruction investigation. The details of Comey's notes of the meeting were first reported by the New York Times. The White House is denying the account.

The explosive new development on Tuesday followed a week of tumult at the White House after Trump fired Comey and then discussed sensitive national security information about Islamic State with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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

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