US Senate panel demands Comey's memos and Trump's tapes as controversy escalates

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"The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations", said the statement.

Another congressional panel, the House Oversight Committee, has also demanded information about the Comey memo.

We are writing to request that the Oversight Committee and the Judiciary Committee launch an immediate joint investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his top officials are engaged in an ongoing conspiracy to obstruct the criminal, counter-intelligence, and oversight investigations now being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and Congress into members of his presidential campaign and their contacts with Russian officials. Spicer told the gaggle that that Trump recently spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he insisted that it was about Trump's upcoming trip overseas, and not about how Trump's leaked intelligence reportedly came from the Israelis.

The White House has played down the importance and secrecy of the information Trump gave to the Russians, which came from Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement. "We don't have to wait for a president; in fact a lot of people in Congress get irritated when presidents interfere". Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress have expressed alarm.

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"Former director Comey will have his choice of venue", said Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat. "You can weigh in at impeachdonaldtrumpnow.com", Green said.

If Trump does have taped conversations with Comey, they may well end up as part of an investigation into whether he fired Comey because he wouldn't end the Russia-related investigations. This is happening as ranking members of both the Senate Intelligence Committee and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have demanded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation turn over any memos of conversations between Comey and Trump. He continues, "So we will have to see what evidence as to those in Trump's circle emerges, though I certainly would not be surprised if it did, given the corrupt, enabling atmosphere that pervades the White House and the administration". "He was concerned", said the associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The New York Times published Wednesday another bombshell damaging to the Trump administration, and once again it depends on anonymous sources. "This is their time to shine, to show Americans and the world that the White House isn't becoming a circus of errors". In what was perhaps a required move to bring the two Republicans on board, the letter to the FBI also requests any similar memos created by Comey about President Obama, both Attorney General Sessions and his predecessor Lynch, and Deputy Attorneys General Rosenstein, Boente, and Yates, and broadens the request to include memos relating to the FBI's Clinton email investigation as well.

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