Senate Russia investigators ask Comey to testify, seek documents

Senate Russia investigators ask Comey to testify, seek documents

Senate Russia investigators ask Comey to testify, seek documents

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to supply memos allegedly in existence that were written by former director James Comey which describe President Trump asking for an end of the probe into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. "I just haven't seen it".

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a tweet that he has his "subpoena pen ready".

After Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to the position of special counsel in the investigation surrounding Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Chaffetz said that Mueller was a "great selection" with "impeccable credentials".

The White House responded to the New York Times report by saying that the story was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation" between Trump and Comey.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan showed support for Chaffetz's push.

According to Politico, multiple sources say Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, will resign on June 30.

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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", Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "I think it would be good for him if he did. And I hope that we can get Comey to come up here and testify".

In a separate letter, the Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee also demanded an investigation into the activities of top Trump administration officials who might be engaged in "an ongoing conspiracy" to obstruct the FBI, the Justice Department and other congressional investigations. The senators had previously asked Comey to testify in closed session this Tuesday, but he declined.

"We're a long ways from a conviction - the fact that we simply have a headline in The New York Times, " Republican Representative Trey Gowdy told Fox News. "We're not going to try somebody on a piece of paper".

"If I thought there was inappropriate behavior by the President, sure", Graham said.

"At best, President Trump has committed a grave abuse of executive power".

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