Chaffetz: I'm ready to subpoena for Comey memo

Javier Howell
May 19, 2017

Some congressional investigators want to bring former FBI Director James Comey to the Hill to tell them about his meetings with President Donald Trump - but they can't find him.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a tweet that he has his "subpoena pen ready". Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee made the same request.

The White House has denied a media report suggesting that President Donald Trump had asked the sacked FBI chief James Comey to end the investigation against former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.

The requests came a day after the New York Times published a report, subsequently corroborated by other outlets, detailing the existence of a memo written by Comey describing a meeting in which Trump asked him to drop an investigation into the Russian Federation ties of his sacked national security adviser Michael Flynn. "At least one such memorandum reportedly describes a conversation in which the President referenced the FBI investigation of former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and said to Comey, 'I hope you can let this go'".

The head of the Republican Study Committee, Rep. Mark Walker, said that if the report is true, then it's concerning to him.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has just called on former FBI Director Jim Comey to testify before the Senate in a public, open hearing.

Leaders of the congressional investigations into Russian meddling into the United States election past year are also calling on Comey to testify.

"We're a long ways from a conviction - the fact that we simply have a headline in The New York Times, " Republican Representative Trey Gowdy told Fox News. "Where is the actual crime that they think they need a special prosecutor to prosecute?"

Comey's memo - an apparent effort to create a paper trail of his contacts with the White House - would be evidence that president has tried to influence the investigation. "At worst, he has obstructed justice". Dianne Feinstein of California sent the letter to the Justice Department and the White House on Wednesday.

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