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Senate Judiciary Committee seeks Comey memo on Flynn investigation, related documents

18 May, 2017, 22:19 | Author: Nadine Todd
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Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, tweeted that he's asked Comey to testify at the hearing.

(CNN) - Some congressional investigators want to bring former FBI Director James Comey to the Hill to tell them about his meetings with President Donald Trump - but they can't find him.

In the meantime, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they also expect to ask ousted FBI Director James Comey to testify to Congress.

Comey had testified exactly 10 years ago in the Senate about his famous hospital-room showdown with former U.S. President George W. Bush's White House aides at John Ashcroft's bedside, CNN reported. This week it was revealed Comey had written a memo and notes concerning statements made during a White House dinner concerning the FBI's investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

According to The Times' report, Comey's memo states Trump did not specifically ask the director to end the investigation but instead said: "I hope you can let this go".

Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Wednesday afternoon that he had yet to issue the invitation because Comey "evidently has a new (number)".

The Judiciary Committee letter to the White House mentioned the Times article, saying "the article alleged that Mr. Comey had memorialized a conversation with the President in which the President made statements that have been interpreted as asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to clear Mr. Flynn of alleged wrongdoing". "He is a good guy".

Mr. Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced in April that he would not run for re-election and hinted he may step down early to take a job in the private sector. The FBI is investigating to determine whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation, although no evidence to support the allegation has surfaced.

"What I have been doing is trying to give the chairman space to heal and then we have to figure out what to do", Cummings said.

The Judiciary committee has requested memos and other documents.

Authorities said Russian Federation meddled in November's election to benefit Trump.

In addition to asking for evidence relating to Comey's interactions with the two presidents, the committee also asked for information on contacts with Justice Department officials in both administrations.

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