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Federal Bureau of Investigation deflects House Oversight Committee's request for documents

29 May 2017

"Congress does not conduct criminal or counterintelligence investigations; rather Congress's power of inquiry is rooted in part in its duty to oversee the Executive Branch's faithful enforcement of the laws that Congress enacted", Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz doubles down on request for FBI memos Chaffetz on leaving Congress: "At some point, you've got to get off this insane train" Feinstein: Comey memos "going to be turned over" MORE (R-Utah) wrote in a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

One of those memos reportedly details Trump pressuring Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Department of Justice declined for now to provide documents to House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz related to former FBI Director James Comey's communications with President Donald Trump.

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"In light of this development and other considerations, we are undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interests implicated by your request are properly evaluated", the letter said.

The letter sets a June 8 deadline for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide the requested records.

"I trust and hope you understand this and make the right decision - to produce these documents to the committee immediately and on a voluntary basis", he added.

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Chaffetz's panel is one of several in Congress investigating alleged efforts by Russian Federation to tip the election to Trump, and the possibility that Trump associates had coordinated with Moscow.

Earlier this week, former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan told Congress that Russian Federation "brazenly" interfered in the USA election process. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

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