Lawmakers Issue Requests For Comey's Memo Regarding Flynn Investigation


It's even more striking how many are not.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz is all set to schedule a hearing inviting former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly before his committee - if the Utah Republican can just find his phone number.

"At this point I have not seen anything that is that alarming", said Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama.

"In stark terms I explained to him what this would look like some day and what it would mean for the president and the government", Comey wrote in a 2005 e-mail message to his chief of staff, according to the Politico report.

"A lot of people don't do that", the Maryland Democrat said. James Risch of Idaho told a group of reporters asking about the various controversies.

Trump was referring to the federal investigation into Flynn, who resigned from his post a day before Comey met with the president. "They've committed treason and ought to go to prison".

Trump won North Dakota with almost 63 percent of the vote in November, and Cramer said the state's residents are more concerned about policy issues like the Farm Bill than the recent reports coming out of the White House. But Abraham added that he still stands behind Trump "100 percent", and said he is thrilled with Trump's addition of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the House of Representatives' recent vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and deregulation that he said has helped farmers and businesses in his district. I strongly support these bipartisan actions. Angus King of ME said that could have significant consequences for the president.

"We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time", said Sen. "After spending this last week in the district I can tell you".

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A faux pas like that could easily encourage other nations to be much more cautious in co-operating with American intelligence agencies in the future, given their fears that some of their most important sources and operations could be compromised by Donald Trump's self-evidently loose lips in casual conversation, especially given his willingness to boast to the Russians that he has "really great intel". Republicans had resisted calls for a special prosecutor to lead the investigation, arguing that the FBI should continue doing its work.

There's also the issue of the GOP agenda.

The White House issued a flat-out denial declaring: "This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation". Crossing the voters who elected them is not a recipe for a GOP victory in 2018 congressional elections.

They still need Trump to attain any of those goals, and absent more compelling evidence of wrongdoing the party is not prepared to abandon him yet. Republicans control both houses, as well as the presidency. Comey wrote after the meeting that Trump said, "I hope you can let this go". Lindsey Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee.

If Republicans pull off victories in upcoming special House elections in Georgia, Montana and SC, they'll likely be even more encouraged to stay the course with Trump.

Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his sacking of Mr Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against "rushing to judgment".

"No red flags were mentioned or anything else", Aderholt said.

"We have to be careful about anonymous sources. and make sure that we get to the bottom of things on a factual basis", Sen.