Multiple Congressional Committees Want Comey's FBI Memos And Testimony

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

"I spoke to him (Lavrov) today", Mr Putin said with a smile. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services.

"If the USA administration finds it necessary, we are ready to provide the record of the conversation between Trump and Lavrov to the Senate and Congress", Putin said.

A Kremlin aide, Mr Yuri Ushakov, later told reporters that Moscow had in its possession a written record of the conversation, not an audio recording. "And if it comes in an email, I wouldn't click on the attachment".

On Tuesday, the House intelligence committee also formally requested similar documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Send it our way.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the USA election.

Two Senate committees are seeking memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote related to whether President Donald Trump asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Sources close to Comey and who are familiar with the memo said the Times account is accurate. The Senate Intelligence Committee also wants Comey to testify both publicly and in private. U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger joined a small but growing number of Republican lawmakers who have said they would back some sort of independent investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

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On a more serious note, Mr Putin, who said Moscow rated Mr Lavrov's meeting with Mr Trump "highly", said Russian Federation was ready to hand a transcript of Mr Trump's meeting with Mr Lavrov over to USA lawmakers if that would help reassure them.

Complaining about what he said was "political schizophrenia" in the United States, Putin said Trump was not being allowed to do his job properly.

"What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans".

Trump's firing last week of Comey raised concerns about whether the president was trying to sideline the Russia probe, which is examining Russian ties to his 2016 presidential campaign.

A US official familiar with the matter told the Post that Trump disclosed "code-word" information, referring to one of the highest classification levels used by USA intelligence agencies. Warner would not say if Comey had accepted the committee's invitation - sent Wednesday - but said he was confident Comey will appear.

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