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Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

House oversight panel chairman Chaffetz to depart Congress June 30

House oversight panel chairman Chaffetz to depart Congress June 30

It also wrote acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe seeking "any notes or memorandum" prepared by Comey regarding communications he had with Trump prior to the president firing him last week.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also planned to ask Comey to testify, The Hill reported.

House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz hopped in front Wednesday, saying that he has scheduled a hearing with Comey for next week - even though he hasn't talked with him yet.

The White House has denied a media report suggesting that President Donald Trump had asked the sacked FBI chief James Comey to end the investigation against former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.

The committee also asked the White House to "provide records of interactions with former Director Comey, including any audio recordings", an apparent reference to Trump's suggestion that tapes might exist of his conversations with Comey.

The committee also requested that acting FBI director Andrew McCabe hand over any related documents prepared by Comey about his communications with senior White House and Justice Department officials regarding the Russian Federation investigation - including the so-called Comey memo.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I, joined in the letter's request as leaders of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism.

"I think everyone across this country is going to be a lot better off when we get answers", he said.

Flynn was forced to resign one day before the conversation between Comey and Trump, after it was revealed that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about connections he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"Just the outright release of classified information is a felony, regardless of the negative or positive results of it", Grassley said.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Tuesday.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, said Tuesday Trump's alleged request the FBI quit investigating the former national security adviser "appears to cross the line into the obstruction of justice".

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