Senate Intelligence Committee requests Comey memos

Comey associates said the president was referring to an ongoing investigation of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who resigned a day before the conversation.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday was the first to seek documents related to the stories alleging Trump tried to influence Comey. But he has set a hearing for May 24.

Comey's memo, first disclosed by the New York Times, was reportedly written the day after the Trump fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations previous year with Russia's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. The FBI has been looking into Flynn for months as part of a counterintelligence investigation. But Trump faces a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, and it seems that no scandal has given them enough cause to abandon their sense of party loyalty.

Amash also told reporters he trusts Comey - the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director fired by Trump a week ago in a stunning move by the White House - more than the president, Williams reported on Twitter.

"Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media", he said during a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

Asked what he thinks of the Trump presidency, Putin said it's up to the American people to judge and his performance can be rated "only when he's allowed to work at full capacity", implying that someone is hampering Trump's efforts.

The requests - made in separate letters to FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe and White House Counsel Donald McGahn - were made after a report that a memo written by Comey says Trump asked him to drop Flynn probe.

Trump Asked FBI's Comey to Drop Flynn Inquiry
Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America for obstruction of justice", he said. Backers need 218 signatures to force a vote but are more than a dozen shy of that at last count.

As the controversy swirled, Trump said in a speech to US Coast Guard Academy graduates in CT he did not get elected "to serve the Washington media or special interests".

We don't yet know how straight the line is from the FBI's investigation to Comey's dismissal, though Trump did indicate last week that the Russian Federation investigation played a role in his decision.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said simply, "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House".

Wittes is a self-described close personal friend of Comey. The Times noted that the conversations prove that Trump's team knew about the investigation earlier than previously said.

Immediately after the New York Times report Tuesday night, Amash said on Twitter, "The allegations reportedly contained in the memo are incredibly serious".

President Trump's own interviews, tweets and comments to the press are helping investigators determine whether he obstructed justice. But more Republicans, I suspect, will figure out that they have a better chance of political survival if they follow Graham, Gallagher, Comstock and McCain (and belatedly, Chaffetz). If he and Jones are willing to break with the White House on the subject of the Russian Federation investigation and join the Democrats calling for impeachment, then it is not impossible that other Republicans will, too.

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