Judiciary senators want White House, FBI memos

Two Senate panels seek Comey memos Intel wants testimony

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 Republican-led House oversight committee said Wednesday it plans to invite fired FBI Director James Comey to a May 24 hearing, amid questions on whether President Trump tried to interfere with the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 race.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has requested a copy of the FBI memorandum related to the Bureau's investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as well as other documents pertinent to the Russian Federation investigation.

The letter requests an immediate public hearing with Director Comey and copies of all of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's memos relating to the president, as well as all associated agency and White House records, including any audio tapes, and notes, if they exist.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Comey documented each phone call and meeting he had with President Donald Trump in an apparent attempt to create a paper trail of the president's efforts to sway investigators.

The letters come on the heels of a New York Times report that Comey had written a memo detailing a conversation with the president in which Trump allegedly asked him to stop the inquiry into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

In the meantime, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they also expect to ask ousted FBI Director James Comey to testify to Congress.

"What I have been doing is trying to give the chairman space to heal and then we have to figure out what to do", Cummings said.

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.

Both the House and Select Senate Intelligence Committees are investigating Russian attempts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election as well as allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and high-ranking Russian officials.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also planned to ask Comey to testify, The Hill reported.

Some Trump critics say the conversation with Comey was tantamount to obstruction of the FBI's investigation.

The FBI's probe includes examining whether any Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russian Federation to help swing the election in Trump's favor.

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