House oversight committee wants Comey to testify next week

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

It also wrote acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe seeking "any notes or memorandum" prepared by Comey regarding communications he had with Trump prior to the president firing him last week.

House Republicans have mixed reactions to the surprise announcement that the Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in 2016. The prospect of Trump's impeachment is not a promising one: After the series of scandals and revelations that filled his campaign - and now his presidency - why should we believe that Trump reportedly telling Comey to shut down an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will be the last straw? But the reports - both rebutted by Trump's team - add to a mounting perception of an administration in a perpetual state of chaos. No Trump officials were appearing on camera or answering questions directly about the letter from Comey. Never ever, ever give up.

"Things will work out just fine", he said. Especially by the media.

"No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly", he said.

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

Comey is reported to have kept extensive memos of all conversations with Trump.

The fact that the president apparently said he "hoped" Comey would end the Flynn investigation rather than more directly ordering it "makes for a weaker but still viable case", said Christopher Slobogin, a criminal law professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

"I hope you can let this go", Comey wrote, quoting the President. House Oversight Committee's Republican Chairman Jason Chaffetz asked acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to produce "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President" before May 24. Dianne Feinstein of California sent the letter to the Justice Department and the White House on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a separate report by NBC News said Flynn and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are the key figures in the FBI investigation into Russian campaign meddling.

"The president implied in a tweet last week that the White House may have recordings of interactions with Comey", Grassley said.

"There needs to be serious changes at the White House immediately", said Senator Patrick J Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican. "The country is being tested in unprecedented ways".

"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.

Many Democratic critics of Trump's have raised the possibility that such a suggestion by Trump could amount to obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.

Addressing the Comey memo, GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas said: "If Comey felt like the president was trying to obstruct justice, Comey would have been duty-bound to report it to the DOJ and act on it". And that includes the president of the United States of America.

An administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel. The story has come at an awkward time for Trump: he is set to embark on his first trip overseas later this week: first to Saudi Arabia and then to Israel. In January, American intelligence officials reportedly warned their Israeli counterparts that any intelligence shared with the then-incoming Trump administration could be leaked to Russian Federation and passed to its ally, Iran.

Mike Flynn resigned as national security advisor to Trump when it was discovered that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about a meeting he had with a Russian ambassador. McMaster also indicated that Trump could not have revealed sensitive sources or methods.

"I mean, the defenders of the president are dwindling".

"There is so much conflicting information from many sources". In May, he fired him over "this Russian Federation thing".