House oversight chair seeks Comey memos on Trump

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

This Freedom of Information Act request comes two days after another ACLU request for documents relating to Comey's abrupt dismissal last week.

Former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko, now president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, said he thinks Trump may have underestimated Comey who, as a career FBI investigator, had been trained to make copious notes of his conversations.

"Former director Comey will have his choice of venue", said Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat. A timeline recently passed out to members of Congress said that because the operation would not be executed until after Trump was in office, Rice asked for Trump to sign off on it, but Flynn said to wait, and he ultimately rejected the plan, reports McClatchy's Vera Bergengruen.

According to the New York Times' May 16 report that alleges that Trump asked Comey to cease investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the president pulled Comey aside after a briefing with top security officials regarding a terrorism threat, recalled one of Comey's associates.

In an audio-only press gaggle, Spicer took questions about the White House's denial of Comey's account, as well as the fact that multiple Congressional committees are asking the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to give testimony.

House Oversight Committee chair Jason Chaffetz, a senior Republican, said the memo and related documents "raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation".

Trump himself is helping investigators put all of those pieces together, through interviews, tweets and offhand comments to reporters, said Zeidenberg.

The pair then discussed Flynn, who was under investigation at the time for his ties to Russian Federation.

Trump's plea on Flynn's behalf - perhaps it was prompted by the belief that his aide was a "good guy", perhaps by fear about what goods that good guy might have on him - is the mirror image of his debate pronouncement that "if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation".

In previous months, Republican lawmakers were more likely to fully defend Trump - even after he and his administration made comments and policy changes that generated intense criticism.

The Comey memo's emergence had congressional Democrats suggesting that the president engaged in obstruction of justice, an impeachable offence.

The commotion around Trump's statements on Flynn has somewhat obscured his no less chilling request that Comey jail journalists for publishing information based on leaks - something that has never happened in the history of this country.

There are multiple obstruction of justice statutes on the books.

For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation". "At worst, he has obstructed justice".

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