Top Judiciary Democrat wants Comey subpoenaed

Angie Massey
June 17, 2017

If the report is true and if it is confirmed that Trump obstructed justice by trying to get former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, and perhaps others, to end the Russian Federation probe, that could lead to the President's impeachment by Congress, something that many Democratic lawmakers say they would pursue if circumstances warrant.

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is interviewing three senior intelligence officials to determine whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.

Also unclear was whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month.

The obstruction of Justice story also died as James Comey confirmed that no one, including President Trump, never asked him or tried to influence him to drop any investigation. Nice", he wrote. "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is encouraging the panel's Republican chairman to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey if he won't willingly come before the committee. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

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Richard Burr and Mark Warner , the Republican and Democratic leadership of the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday. But a source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump has been advised to avoid such a dramatic move.

Trump took to his Twitter account Thursday morning to denounce the report.

The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the FBI and federal law enforcement.

In a series of tweets, Trump on Thursday said: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story".

It's a shift in the FBI investigation, which previously focused on Russian hacking during the election, possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and possible financial crimes by Trump associates.

Grassley said Comey's firing and Lynch's actions should both be investigated. "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis".

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