Trump reportedly asked Comey to consider imprisoning members of the press

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

The central question is whether Trump's reported conversation and statements to Comey constitute an obstruction of justice. Multiple Senate committees have also called for Comey to testify in public hearings, leading House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to tweet Wednesday that Comey would testify next week.

Not long afterward, the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee made a similar request for all memos that Comey may have written about meetings with the president. Garret Graves, Steve Scalise and Ralph Abraham said they need to see more evidence and that they trust their colleagues on the appropriate committees will look into the matter.

Since Trump's decision to fire Comey last week, a number of politicians and left-wing commentators have compared it to the 1972 Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon's resignation. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. was the only Republican to vote for the measure.

Trump removed Comey in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian interference in the the 2016 US presidential election, and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russia. The Senate intelligence committee invited Comey to testify and sought his memos, while the Senate judiciary committee requested the Federal Bureau of Investigation memos as well as any possible tapes from the White House in response to Trump's tweet last week suggesting he had taped conversations with Comey. Republicans have tried for seven years to repeal Obamacare, for instance, only to be thwarted by the Democratic president. In April, Chaffetz announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018. And in April, the committee's scrutiny of Flynn's contacts with government agencies about those payments prompted an inquiry by the Pentagon's inspector general. He's also opened investigations into the leaking of classified information to the media.

On Tuesday, Chaffetz said he had his "subpoena pen ready" if legal action is necessary to force the release of Comey's memos.

He added: "As far as I can recall, the Trump administration maybe one month or two months before. had an official ban on laptops on airlines from seven middle Eastern counties and it was connected directly with the terrorist threat".

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Senate Republicans argue House and Senate intelligence committees' investigations are continuing to proceed with bipartisan support, and that that they should be the primary vehicles for the investigation. And he plans to have Comey testify, though he apparently still needs to get in touch with him.

The release of Comey memos and other materials to Congress would immediately change the nature of congressional investigations into the president and Russian Federation. Trump said that he was "fine with whatever people want to do" but hoped to "get back to running the country really, really, really well" as soon as possible.

Lawmakers won't be the only ones seeking Comey's memos.

Comey is set to testify in front of Congress at 9:30 a.m. As he could open a whole new angle into the Russian Federation investigation, the former FBI director's testimony will be must-watch TV.

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