Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Senate Intelligence Committee leaders demand Comey's notes

Kayla Schwartz | 18 May, 2017, 11:52

Shortly after he was sacked from his post as FBI Director, James Comey was invited by the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify.

But key Republicans appeared to back the president, with House speaker Paul Ryan warning against "rushing to judgment" on the latest scandal to engulf Mr Trump.

In a freaky twist on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to turn over to Congress records of Trump's discussions.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation.

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Putin told a news conference that he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed.

The latest political storm, coupled with the still-potent fallout from Trump's recent disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats, overshadowed all else in the capital and beyond.

Speaking to graduates of the Coast Guard Academy Wednesday, Trump indicated that he will continue to fight what he considered poor treatment during his time in office. Flynn is one of the subjects of the FBI investigation. The Times report cites a memo written by Comey, which appears to provide evidence Trump tried to influence the FBI's investigation into links between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah said Mueller was a "great selection". We need the facts. Republican congressional leaders had resisted the idea, and there had been no clear sign that Trump or his top White House aides were about to announce it. "It is obvious that there are some people out there who want to harm the president". That came hours after The New York Times reported on a memo authored by Comey that said Trump asked the then-FBI director end his investigation into Flynn.

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The White House vigorously denied it all.

The White House disputed Comey's account of the February conversation concerning Flynn, but did not offer specifics.

Trump fired Flynn on February 13, on grounds that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russians.

This isn't Amash's first foray into one of Trump's controversies.

When Trump fired Comey, he said he did so based on Comey's very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe and how it affected his leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Shortly after Warner's comments, the committee released a statement from him and chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, reiterating their request for Comey to testify and to acting director Andrew McCabe to turn over documents "regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to investigations into Russia's efforts". "Memos, transcripts, tapes - the list keeps getting longer", he said.

Despite reports Mr Trump shared the information in a way that would have allowed the Russians to work out its origin, General McMaster asserted the President "in no way compromised any sources".

Video: 'Did you share classified information with the Russians?'

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