Senate Intelligence Committee requests Comey memos


As stock markets across the world fell in response to the latest crisis to engulf the leader of the world's largest economy, the White House struggled to contain the fallout from a New York Times report that Mr Trump tried to sway an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

A source tells CBS News the president asked his ousted FBI Director to end the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Mr Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

In a letter to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) demanded that "all memoranda, summaries, and recording, referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President" be made available to the committee by May 24.

"I hope you can let this go", Trump told Comey at the time, according to a New York Times report, quoting two people who read the memo Comey wrote shortly after meeting with Trump in the Oval Office one day after Flynn resigned over a Russia-related scandal in February.

The next crucial question is whether Trump's conversations with Comey and his later firing of the director present a compelling case for obstruction of justice in the FBI's investigation of Russian intervention in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign.

"If the US administration finds it possible, we are ready to provide a recording of the conversation between Mr Lavrov and Mr Trump to the US Congress and Senate", Mr Putin said.

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Chaffetz told Pelley he wants the hearing with Comey to do the hearing "as publicly as we possibly can".

Comey, on the other hand, did not immediately agree or disagree with the president's request, choosing to only comment on Flynn's character, saying: "I agree he is a good guy".

"This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey", the White House statement continued.

Putin also refrained from assessing Trump's performance as president, stressing that such assessments should be given by the American people and its constituency.

Impeaching Trump would require a significant number of Republicans to come around to Amash's line of thinking. One official said there's now a greater risk that the source could be comprised in some way, but another said that Russian Federation wouldn't be able to identify the source based on what Trump said. And at the same time, at least one previously loyal Republican member of the House also mentioned impeachment, though in a much more reserved manner.

Comey was abruptly fired May 9 and learned of the dismissal as he was giving a talk in Los Angeles.