Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Donald Trump Jr. Causes Stir With Tweet On Comey Memo

According to the New York Times, Mr Comey wrote in a memo that the President told him: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

On Tuesday and Wednesday, top lawmakers in the House and Senate asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide all documents related to meetings between Comey and Trump.

But senior Republicans who'd started the week deflecting concerns about Trump's mishandling of intelligence sought a sober reaction to the latest revelation - that Trump allegedly attempted to kill the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Though Republican lawmakers have so far generally backed Trump, a new mood was evident on Capitol Hill, a Politico report commented. But that explanation imploded when Trump admitted in a television interview that "when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, "you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story'".

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Mr Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

Amash sits on the committee, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over all memos, notes and recordings detailing communications between Comey and Trump by May 24.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Gen. 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 Gen. Flynn", the White House said in a written statement.

The White House is in a "downward spiral" and needs to do something to get "under control", Republican Senator Bob Corker has said. Not long after Comey put that exchange with Trump in writing and after the FBI director told lawmakers the investigation of Russian interference and possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was active, Comey was sacked.

The FBI director would memorialize the conversations he had with Trump as soon as he got into his auto after the meetings, the official said.

"On a day when we thought things couldn't get any worse, they have", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Many Republicans, such as Rep. Paul Mitchell of Dryden, have said they want to let the congressional investigations into Russian Federation handle the matter. He argued that the congressional investigations would be tainted by partisanship.

Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, said Congress must focus on finding the facts.

Burr and Warner also called for Comey, who hasn't appeared before the committee since his May 9 firing, to testify in closed and open sessions.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday aboard Air Force One that Trump says the Times story is "not an accurate description of how the event occurred".

"He wanted to make sure he could maintain independence and maintain ethical boundaries", the official said. About 10 House Republicans and four Senate Republicans have called for some sort of independent investigation.

Rep. John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, this week complained about the "inaction" of Republicans on his committee.

Both lawmakers applauded the choice of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a new special counsel to lead the Justice Department's investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

"It is unacceptable to continue ignoring these scandals". Rep. Aderholt said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., showed optimism about the upcoming races in a closed-door discussion with House Republicans Wednesday, pointing to recent House passage of legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare".

It would be significant if more Republicans began to talk about impeaching the president, as the party holds a majority in both chambers of Congress.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also planned to ask Comey to testify, The Hill reported. The petition had 111 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the House Clerk's office.

Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has also signed on to Democrat efforts to create an independent commission.

Cummings questioned why Chaffetz wasn't pressing the Trump administration with the same zeal that he showed during the Clinton investigations.

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