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Judiciary senators want White House, FBI memos

19 May 2017

"We are writing to request that the FBI provide the committee with all such memos, if they exist, that Mr. [James] Comey created memorializing interactions he had with Presidents Trump and Obama and Attorneys General Sessions, Lynch, and Deputy Attorneys General Rosenstein, Boente, and Yates regarding the investigations of Trump associates' alleged connection with Russian Federation or the Clinton email investigation", Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wrote Wednesday.

Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Wednesday afternoon that he had yet to issue the invitation because Comey "evidently has a new (number)".

Chaffetz also questioned the appointment of a special counsel to take over the investigation into possible Russian interference during the 2016 US election, which Comey had been leading until he was sacked.

According to a memo whose existence and content was first reported on by The New York Times on Tuesday and later confirmed to ABC by sources close to Comey, the former FBI director was asked in March by President Trump to drop the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. In one letter, the committee asked Comey to testify in both open and closed sessions.

The senators have also asked Comey to testify about his interactions with former President Barack Obama's administration about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.

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House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz hopped in front Wednesday, saying that he has scheduled a hearing with Comey for next week - even though he hasn't talked with him yet.

The oversight committee chosen by House Speaker Paul Ryan to investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed an FBI probe has been the most publicly aggressive group involved in the cautious, GOP-led investigations.

A date has not been set for the public hearing. The FBI has been looking into Flynn for months as part of a counterintelligence investigation. He says he wants to determine whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation into Flynn.

Trump's firing last week of Comey raised concerns about whether the president was trying to sideline the Russia probe, which is examining Russian ties to his 2016 presidential campaign.

The oversight hearing will happen the same day as the deadline Chaffetz gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hand over any documents or recordings related to any conversations between Comey and Trump.

Judiciary senators want White House, FBI memos