Chaffetz: I'm ready to subpoena for Comey memo

Another crisis hits the White House after intelligence story
GOP candidate for FBI says no special counsel for inquiry
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17 May, 2017

According to a set of notes written by Comey following a February meeting with the president, Trump brought up the counterintelligence investigation into Flynn and urged Comey to drop the probe in the wake of the national security adviser's resignation.

A bombshell New York Times report published Tuesday revealed that in a February conversation in the Oval Office, Trump asked Comey about jailing reporters who leaked classified information.

A statement from the White House said the reports were "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey".

Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, The Times said.

Comey's only weakness, he says, was his response to Trump in which Comey told Trump that Flynn was indeed a "good guy", according to The New York Times' description of the memo. But The Times said an associate of Comey's read parts of the memo to a reporter.

Under increased scrutiny already for his firing of Comey and the explanations given for the abrupt ouster, the latest revelations only served to increase the political heat now facing President Trump. The memo says that Trump went on to tell Comey that Flynn hadn't done anything wrong.

Flynn was sacked by Trump after less than a month on the job.

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"If these reports are true, the President's brazen attempt to shut down the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn is an assault on the rule of law that is fundamental to our democracy". "I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won". "But no president gets to jail journalists", Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said in a statement Tuesday. And the administration is still reeling from Trump's abrupt firing of Comey.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, said the country "is being tested in unprecedented ways".

Even if this didn't lead to a criminal conviction, such a request could add to the basis for impeachment for obstruction of justice.

"I think Director Comey should testify before Congress as soon as possible", Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., a moderate lawmaker from a swing district said Tuesday evening.

"I don't know the facts, so I really want to wait until I find out what the facts are before commenting", Sen.

"We had a very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russian Federation", he told reporters firing a hail of questions at him. Such documents, Mr. Chaffetz wrote, would "raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede" the F.B.I.


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