Republicans starting to turn as committee asks to see Comey documents

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

Mr Trump said on national television last week that the Russian investigation, which he says is an attempt by Democrats to save face following an embarrassing electoral defeat, was a consideration in making the decision to can Mr Comey. The U.S. sees the Kurds as strong military partners, but the Turkish government says they have ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which it views as a terrorist organization.

One Republican official, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, said after meeting Trump recently he did not think the president had a firm enough grasp on the nuances of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A few days later, Flynn had a breakfast meeting with the Turkish foreign minister, who went on to attend the inauguration.

The moves comes a day after it was disclosed that Comey had written a memo detailing how Trump had asked him to shut down the investigation into Flynn.

Before going to the dinner, Comey practiced Trump's likely questions and his answers with a small group of his most trusted confidantes, the associates said, in part to ensure he didn't give Trump any ammunition to use against him later.

President Trump adamantly denied that he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating his close ally on Thursday.

Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser.

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The oversight hearing will happen the same day as the deadline Chaffetz gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hand over any documents or recordings related to any conversations between Comey and Trump.

His concerns surfaced again earlier this week after another report revealed that Trump discussed highly classified information while Russian diplomats were visiting the White House.

"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", he said.

Even Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who is leading the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian Federation and said he was "troubled" by the firing of Comey, didn't make a move toward supporting a special counsel.

"I think it is totally ridiculous".

His boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was forced to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation due to his own undisclosed contacts with Moscow's ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. (Curbelo supports a special congressional committee dedicated to only Russia.): "What if you get someone like Ken Starr, who is erratic and really takes away credibility from the process?"

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