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Trump allegedly asked Comey to shut down Flynn investigation

17 Mai 2017

Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of a judiciary subcommittee investigating Russian Federation, said that Comey should testify before his Senate panel about his discussions with Trump over Flynn, who resigned earlier this year.

A friend of President Donald Trump told CNN that former FBI Director James Comey should not have gone to Congress with the information he detailed in a memo - as some have suggested - explosive details from which were made public Tuesday. "I want to hear it from him (Comey)".

In dismissing Comey last week, Trump created the very real possibility that a respected law enforcement official known for an outspoken nature and willingness to buck political convention could resurface in public.

Chaffetz wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over "all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings refering or relating to any communications between Comey and the President." by May 24.

Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said late Tuesday that the developments had reached "a point where it's of Watergate size and scale". "If (Comey's) telling the truth, I don't know how anyone can see this comment as anything but obstruction of justice".

Later in the evening, he wrote to the acting director of the FBI seeking the memo and related information saying that if Comey's allegation is true, it indicates Trump may have sought "to influence or impede" the FBI investigation of Flynn.

"The memo is powerful evidence of obstruction of justice and certainly merits immediate and prompt investigation by an independent special prosecutor", said Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times, which said it was drafted after a February meeting in the Oval Office.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey, according to the memo. He is a good guy.

Soon after the firing, a Comey associate told the AP that Comey recounted being asked by Trump at a January dinner if he would pledge his loyalty.

Trump later admitted in a television interview about Comey's firing that he was bothered by "this Russian Federation thing" and said he would have fired Comey regardless of the Justice Department recommendation.

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However, the key material has not been made available for use in court in evidential form for reasons of national security. Fletcher's family said that they understood the decision, but were "deeply disappointed" by the outcome.

Mark Warner of Virginia, top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said he would ask Comey for additional material as part of that panel's investigation.

But the experts said intent was a critical element of an obstruction of justice charge, and the presidents words could be subject to interpretation and possibly put into the context of other actions, like Comeys termination.

Taken at face value, the disclosures about the Comey memo appear to provide the clearest sign yet that Trump tried to pressure the FBI and the Justice Department over the Russian Federation investigation.

"Of course Director Comey should testify".

Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the Republican president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations previous year with Russia's ambassador, Sergei Kislyak.

Reports seeped out of the White House that Trump is incandescent with the performance of his staff and is mulling a huge overhaul of the top officials who surround him.

But it wasn't completely lonely: A source close to the White House confirmed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spent time at the White House Tuesday night.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has endured a rocky relationship with Trump but has stood by the President during his trials so far in the administration.

Another senior House GOP reacted to the latest debacle from the White House by asking: "What the heck is happening over there?" adding that it was time for Republicans to distance themselves politically from Trump.