Senate Judiciary Committee requests Comey memos-and Trump's recordings of those conversations

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

The White House was already on the defensive over Comey's firing, on May 9, and over a report on Monday that Trump disclosed sensitive intelligence to Russian officials.

The Senate Intelligence Committee said on May 17 that it has asked Comey to testify and also has asked his replacement, Andrew McCabe, to turn over any notes or memos about communication between the White House and the Justice Department about the Russian Federation investigation. While that alone raised many, many eyebrows, the allegation that Trump pressured Comey to ease up on Flynn is, as the New York Times described it, "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation". According to multiple news sources, one of those memos documents a conversation in which President Trump urged Comey to close the bureau's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. And then, there's the question of recent demands by ranking Democrats on the House oversight, judiciary and intelligence committees for any possible White House recordings, transcripts or notes memorializing Trump's side of the story.

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Flynn, who ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days, is at the centre of a sprawling federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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For the record, the White House has denied the president asked Comey or anyone else "to end any investigation".

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism.

"On its face, this is a textbook prima facie case of an attempt to obstruct justice", concluded Sen.

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