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Senate Judiciary Committee also demands Comey memos, Trump tapes

19 May 2017

Responding to news reports about the request, Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he wants James Comey to testify about his conversations with the president before a Senate panel.

The statement also said the panel had asked Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director, to send any notes or other memos prepared by Comey about communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials in relation to the investigation into Russian Federation and the 2016 election.

Republican Senator Richard Burr, the committee chairman, and the assistant chairman, Democratic Senator Mark Warner, announced in a statement that they had sent a new letter to Comey, who had rejected their previous invitation because he wanted to testify in public, not exclusively in private.

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On Tuesday, the House intelligence committee also requested similar documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Given that Comey reportedly made a habit of taking notes, the committee also asked the FBI for any notes Comey took from interactions with former President Barack Obama, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, regarding the Clinton email investigation or Trump associates' alleged ties to Russian Federation.

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This, however, requires the support of a majority of members of the House of Representatives.

Comey wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the president fired Flynn on February 14 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his conversations previous year with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador in Washington, DC. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump supposedly told Comey.

The White House denied Comey's version of what happened, saying that "the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end an investigation, including any investigation involving Gen. Flynn". It described the president's request the Comey end an investigation into former national security director Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation and Turkey. The committee also asked for White House records of any recordings of Comey from McGahn, since the president suggested in a tweet last week that there might be recordings of his meeting with Comey.

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Senate Judiciary Committee also demands Comey memos, Trump tapes