Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

US Senate Intel Committee Requests More Information From Comey, McCabe


Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday requesting that it turn over all documents and recordings that detail communications between Comey and Trump.

The congressman from Cascade Township responded "yes" when questioned by a reporter whether details in the memos, including President Donald Trump asking Comey to end an investigation into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, would merit impeachment.

Ryan declined to wade into whether Trump obstructed justice - a crime under USA law.?

Such specifics in the memos were reported Tuesday, May 17, by the New York Times.

The White House vigorously denied it all.

In the latest twist on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trump's discussions with the diplomats.

The White House initially said the decision was motivated by Comey's mishandling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails - but Trump himself undercut that explanation by saying he always meant to fire Comey and that his decision was linked to the Russian Federation probe.

According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong. "I think the Intelligence committees are the right place to do that", the Speaker said.

Additionally, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he would not comment on The New York Times report, but that he was "happy" with Dermer's statement of support for the US-Israel relationship. That seems unlikely in the heavily Republican-controlled chamber where the president's party holds 238 seats.

Amash was actually the second Republican lawmaker to suggest that Trump's alleged effort to shut down the Flynn probe could be an impeachable offense.

"He will need an outside team for this", a Republican close to the White House said.

Jason Chaffetz, the House Oversight Committee has officially invited James Comey to testify next Wednesday.

"I need to see it sooner rather than later".

Trump promised on the campaign trail to prevent Muslims from entering the United States, but his January 27 order to ban travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries was blocked by the courts, which said the USA constitution banned discrimination on religious grounds.

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