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Senate panel requests any memos, tapes from Comey-Trump meetings

19 May 2017

The Post, which listened to and verified a recording of the conversation, reports McCarthy made his comments on June 15, 2016, and immediately, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) ended the conversation and told the Republicans present to never reveal what was said. The exchange took place after McCarthy and Ryan met separately with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who had told them about the Russian government giving money to populist politicians in order to undermine democratic institutions across Eastern Europe, and following the news that Russian government hackers had gained access to the Democratic National Committee's computer network.

And Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), whose suburban Minneapolis voted for Clinton by nearly 10 percentage points past year, echoed the call for "an independent investigation that the American people can trust with confidence".

The ACLU today sought the public release of memos reportedly prepared by former FBI Director James Comey that describe his conversations with President Trump. But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

Comey's memo, an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House, would be the clearest evidence to date that the president has tried to influence the investigation.

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He and other Democrats said Comey must testify before lawmakers about his conversations with the president. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chair of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation demanding all documents relating to communications between Mr. Comey and the president.

The tumult in Washington deepened on Tuesday over allegations Trump had sought to end the FBI's investigation into ties between Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Federation.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said the case "impairs the willingness of other allies to share intelligence with us".

House Republican Justin Amash of MI said that it may have been an abuse of his office.

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They are asking McGahn to hand over any recordings tied to "the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, notes, summaries, and memoranda".

White House Denial No one from the administration would respond to the memo on the record.

Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said they have asked Comey to testify before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

According to the Times, Comey wrote in the February memo that Trump told him Flynn had done nothing wrong.

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"If the U.S. administration considers it possible, we are ready to submit a transcript of Lavrov's talk with Trump to the U.S. Senate and Congress, if, of course, the U.S. administration would want this", Putin said.