House Panel Invites Comey to Testify on Trump Interference

Two Senate panels seek Comey memos Intel wants testimony

Two Senate panels seek Comey memos Intel wants testimony

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday requested that the FBI turn over memos written by fired FBI Director James Comey relating to conversations he had with President Trump, as well as any memos pertaining to former President Obama.

Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat said that the invitation signed by chairman Richard Burr, has been sent to Comey.

Chaffetz rose to national prominence as a public face of GOP efforts to probe Clinton's activities in advance of the 2016 election.

The White House initially sought to pin the decision to fire Comey on his handling of the FBI's investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonMueller shouldn't forget to investigate Clinton's Russian Federation ties during Trump probe House Intel panel requests Comey memos Russian Federation tried to take over Pentagon Twitter accounts: report MORE's use of a private email server while secretary of State.

He has been the subject of scrutiny in that role, having been criticized for his handling of multiple investigations into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including into her role in responding to the 2012 Benghazi attack and her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

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.

"I think in the light of day in a public setting he should be able to tell us about the materials, if they're there, and I question whether or not they're actually there", he said, adding that he has yet to hear back from Comey about his request for public testimony, which he hopes to schedule for next week.

The panel requested additional documents from the Justice Department and the FBI related to the bureau's ongoing investigation into Russian election interference, including "relevant documents related to the dismissal of Mr. Comey as FBI Director or memorializing conversations between the President and Mr. Comey", committee leaders said in a statement Thursday. "Last week, the President tweeted a message implying that the White House may have audio recordings of interactions with Mr. Comey".

"President has never asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

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

The top Democrat on a key House oversight panel says Speaker Paul Ryan "has shown he has zero appetite for any investigation of President Trump".

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.

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