Senate Intelligence Committee invites James Comey to testify

Senate Intelligence Committee invites James Comey to testify

Senate Intelligence Committee invites James Comey to testify

The moves comes a day after it was disclosed that Comey had written a memo detailing how Trump had asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has requested a copy of the FBI memorandum related to the Bureau's investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as well as other documents pertinent to the Russian Federation investigation. "I hope you can let this go". "We can't just rely upon selective leaks and reports". Comey has previously said he would only testify in an open session. Other Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Rayn, have questioned why Comey did not act on the issue.

Hours after Ryan's announcement, the committee's chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, tweeted that he has already scheduled a public hearing for next week into the matter and will ask Comey to testify.

Democrats have seized on the revelations about Trump in the aftermath of his firing of Comey, with one Democratic congressman from Texas calling for his impeachment on Tuesday.

Shortly before leaving office, former President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russian Federation after receiving information from the intelligence community suggesting the country tried to sabotage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign.

In his role as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz on Tuesday requested "all memorandum, notes, summaries and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President" in a letter addressed to acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe.

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"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the New York Times reported Trump said, citing the Comey memo. The article noted that Mr. Comey was known among his closet advisers to document conversations that he believed would later be called into question.

"That was not an accurate representation of that meeting", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the report, based on a source who purportedly had Comey's notes or memo of the exchange.

Ever since the tweet, Democrats and members of the news media have asking about the existence of such recordings, but the White House has not confirmed they exist.

Grassley and Feinstein requested similar records from the White House.

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also said he also expects a request will be made to Comey sooner rather than later.

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