Marcus: Why did Trump want privacy with Comey?

Angelica Greene
May 19, 2017

Chaffetz has demanded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over Comey's memos.

The decision came hours after a report by the New York Times that claimed Trump asked Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between Michael Flynn, the former White House national security adviser, and Russian Federation.

The Comey firing and the reports of Trump's attempt to curb the Flynn investigation led to calls from lawmakers, Democrats and some Republicans, for appointment a special prosecutor in the Russian Federation investigation.

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee want FBI Director James Comey's notes.

"There are serious concerns that the president may have improperly tried to obstruct an FBI investigation".

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Later, Flynn emerged as a sharp critic of Obama's handling of national security matters, while supporting Trump's long-shot run for the presidency. Chaffetz, a Republican, issued the letter following a request to do so in a more detailed letter [text, PDF] signed by the 33 Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and House Judiciary Committee.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has scheduled a full committee hearing on the FBI's independence for May 24.

On Tuesday, The New York Times was the first to report on a February memo by Comey that suggested Trump asked him to lay off Flynn.

"I think Putin gets personal pleasure from exploiting the vulnerable position Trump has found himself in", said Valeriy Solovey, a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. White House observers have also said Trump's shifty maneuvers with the media demotivated establishment Republicans from defending him. "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said. "While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", a White House statement said. "He was concerned", said the associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The daily, citing two people familiar with the case, said Flynn told the presidential transition team's chief lawyer Don McGahn about the investigation on January 4 - weeks before assuming the highly sensitive post. "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey". That is why Congress needs to focus on establishing the truth about this matter, and soon.

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