A New York Times report yesterday revealed that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to halt the criminal investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who provided false information about his communications with the Russian government.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Flynn resigned. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with Trump as part of a paper trail documenting the president’s “improper” efforts to impede the continuing investigation, which is part of a larger probe into whether Trump and his associates colluded with Russian operatives to win last year’s presidential election.
The news has rocked Trump’s Republican supporters in Congress, who, in the wake of the report, have broken away from him and issued calls for the memos.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) demanded that FBI officials turn over “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between Trump and Comey. Chaffetz’s letter to the bureau requests for all records to be turned over to his panel by May 24. These documents, Chaffetz wrote, would “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the FBI’s investigation.
.@jasoninthehouse requests any and all communications between Former FBI Director Comey and President Trump.
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) May 17, 2017
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, echoed Chaffetz’s demands.
“We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo,” she said.
Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) also weighed in.
“If these allegations are true, it’s deeply troubling and it certainly opens up a new chapter that all of us have to consider very carefully,” he said. “We need to get to the truth as soon as possible. This weekly scandal, this weekly controversy is unhealthy for the country. It’s a major distraction for the country and it’s just bad for the psyche of every American.”
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